Friday, April 30, 2010
Washington scores the two Terrences
By Diamond Leung
It was only recently that Washington had a commitment from top recruit Enes Kanter, only to see him renege and sign with Kentucky.
"I de-committed to Washington because bigger programs became interested," he told the Seattle Times.
But today, Washington came up huge in recruiting as well, landing commitments from combo forward Terrence Jones and wing Terrence Ross in a joint press conference today at Jefferson High in Portland, with Jones choosing the Huskies over Kentucky among other schools.
Their arrival on the scene in the Pac-10 makes Washington the easy favorite to win the conference next season, if the Huskies coming off a Sweet 16 appearances weren't already seen as that. And for coach Lorenzo Romar, who received a contract extension this offseason, the balance of power might have shifted toward him in the long term.
An experienced backcourt of Isaiah Thomas, Venoy Overton and Abdul Gaddy is coming back, and now the two Terrences add some star power to a recruiting class that already includes 7-foot junior college center Aziz N'Diaye, who has three years of eligibility left, and forward Desmond Simmons.
Will it be enough to get over the Sweet 16 hump?
It's hard to say, but Washington did just two more big steps forward.