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Point guard Harris becomes Washington’s second 2017 commit

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With four-star shooting guard Jaylen Nowell having already committed and elite forward Michael Porter Jr. viewed by many as a player well within reach, Washington is off to a good start when it comes to the 2017 recruiting class. Things got even better for Lorenzo Romar’s program late Monday night, as point guard Blake Harris announced via his Twitter account that he will attend Washington.

A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the 6-foot-3 Harris attends Word of God Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina and plays for the CP3 All Stars team on the Nike EYBL grassroots circuit. The addition of Harris gives Washington additional depth on the perimeter, something they’ll need if highly regarded freshman Markelle Fultz is as good as advertised, and he’s a good distributor of the basketball as well.

Among his highlights this spring/summer was a poster dunk over five-star 2017 forward Billy Preston, with Preston suffering a broken finger in attempting to block the shot.

Washington likes to play an uptempo style in which their players get into the opposition defensively, resulting in turnovers and open-court opportunities for their perimeter options, and Harris should fit in well given his skill set.

Washington announces addition of former Utah commit

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 8:  Coach Lorenzo Romar of the Washington Huskies directs his players in the first half of the game against the San Diego State Aztecs at the Viejas Arena on December 8, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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Monday afternoon the Washington basketball program announced the addition of a 6-foot-6 guard who at one point in time was poised to play against the Huskies in the Pac-12.

Harold Baruti, who committed to Utah in mid-May, has joined Lorenzo Romar’s program. Baruti’s addition gives Washington another option on the perimeter, which is a positive for a team that uses a lot of players in their uptempo system. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Baruti attended Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Virginia.

Baruti de-committed from Utah just over two weeks ago, with the Salt Lake Tribune reporting at the time that his application for admission was submitted after the school’s deadline for international students.

As a result Utah loses a perimeter newcomer and Washington gains one, moving the Huskies’ 2016 recruiting class up to four. McDonald’s All-American guard Markelle Fultz leads the class, with Baruti, wing Carlos Johnson and center Sam Timmins being the other new arrivals in Seattle.

Former UNLV signee commits to Washington

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 8:  Coach Lorenzo Romar of the Washington Huskies directs his players in the first half of the game against the San Diego State Aztecs at the Viejas Arena on December 8, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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With McDonald’s All-American Markelle Fultz and center Sam Timmins having signed, Washington added a third player to its 2016 recruiting class Thursday evening in the form of guard Carlos Johnson. News of Johnson’s signing with Washington was announced by the school.

As he’d already signed a National Letter of Intent with UNLV, Johnson only signed the grant-in-aid with Washington. The rule is that prospects are only allowed to sign one NLI during the recruiting process (there’s no such rule for the grant-in-aid agreement).

Johnson attended Findlay Prep, and with his skill and athleticism should make for a good fit for the uptempo style that Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar prefers. His addition gives the Huskies another piece on the perimeter, with the team having lost guards Andrew Andrews (graduation) and Dejounte Murray (NBA Draft early entrant) at the end of last season.

Johnson joins a backcourt that’s expected to be led by Fultz, with sophomore David Crisp also in line for minutes. On the wing the Huskies welcome back three options from a season ago, including rising sophomore Mathysse Thybulle. With Johnson’s ability to play either the two or the three, Washington has another versatile option to call upon on the perimeter.

In addition to the three freshmen, Washington will also add Auburn transfer Matthew Atewe to the mix next season. The 6-foot-8 power forward sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules.

No. 8 Oregon holds off Washington 83-77 at Pac-12

Oregon forward Elgin Cook, from left, forward Dillon Brooks and guard Tyler Dorsey react after a play against Washington during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 men's tournament Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Las Vegas. Oregon won 83-77. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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LAS VEGAS (AP) Chris Boucher had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 8 Oregon withstood a late flurry to hold off Washington 83-77 in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals Thursday.

Top-seeded Oregon (26-6) built an 11-point lead midway through the second half, but Andrew Andrews brought the Huskies back with a quick scoring flurry. The senior guard scored 10 of his 19 points during the run, helping eighth-seeded Washington (18-14) pull within two late.

The Ducks held, though, hitting four free throws in the final 33 seconds to earn a spot in Friday night’s semifinals against No. 15 Arizona or Colorado.

Elgin Cook scored 19 points, Tyler Dorsey 17 and Dillon Brooks added 15 for the Ducks.

Marques Chriss scored 19 points for the Huskies.

The Ducks closed the regular season strong, winning their final five games for their first conference title since 2002. One of those finishing wins was against Washington on Feb. 28, when Cook scored 26 points in the 86-73 victory.

The Huskies put a dent in their NCAA Tournament hopes by limping to the finish, but kept a glimmer of hope alive with a rout over Stanford in the tournament’s opening round.

Washington got off to fast start against the Cardinal and kept rolling against Oregon, hitting 10 of its first 13 shots – four of those 3s – to go up 26-14.

Oregon was ragged early, forcing shots and passes in traffic, riling coach Dana Altman with numerous defensive breakdowns.

The Ducks settled down and started flying, harassing the Huskies into difficult shots, scoring in transition after turnovers and misses during an 11-0 run that helped them take a 39-38 halftime lead.

But after all the 3-pointers and soaring dunks, the second half turned into a defensive wrestling match, with bodies hitting the floor nearly every trip.

The Ducks gained a little separation midway through, when Dorsey hit a 3 and Dwayne Benjamin scored on a three-point play to put Oregon up 64-54.

Andrews brought the Huskies back. He hit a pair of 3-pointers and turned a steal into a pair of free throws that cut Oregon’s lead to 71-69 with 5 minutes left.

Washington kept the Ducks within reach from there, but never could catch them.


Washington: David Crisp, who made just four 3-pointers February, had three in the first half. … Dejounte Murray and Malik Dime had 13 points each.

Oregon: Boucher became the first player in Pac-12 history with 100 blocked shots and 30 3-pointers in a season. … The Ducks had a 46-33 rebounding edge.


Washington will have to sweat out Selection Sunday to find out if it will get an NCAA Tournament invite.

Oregon will face No. 15 Arizona or Colorado in the semifinals Friday night.

Pac-12 says end of Washington-Oregon State handled properly

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar, right, has words with officials in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against UCLA in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
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SEATTLE (AP) The Pac-12 Conference says the conclusion of Oregon State’s last-second victory over Washington was handled properly by game officials.

The conference released a statement on Thursday after Washington contacted the league office to review the final seconds of the Beavers’ 82-81 victory on Stephen Thompson Jr.’s 3-pointer at the buzzer. Washington had asked that the timing of the game clock be reviewed after it appeared that the clock started late.

The conference said that “the clock timing was handled appropriately by the game officials and the clock operator.” Washington also asked whether Thompson should have been called for traveling after he shuffled his feet before the game-winning shot, but the conference said traveling is a judgment call and not reviewable.

No. 18 Arizona overpowers Washington for 99-67 win

Arizona forward Ryan Anderson (12) scores against UNLV during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona defeated UNLV 82-70. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona traded baskets with Washington’s athletic players in an entertaining first half.

Once the Wildcats turned up the defensive pressure in the final 20 minutes, the Huskies had no shot of keeping up.

Ryan Anderson scored 21 points, Kaleb Tarczewski had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 18 Arizona overpowered Washington for a 99-67 victory Thursday night.

“They just did whatever they wanted in the second half,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said.

The Wildcats (14-3, 2-2 Pac-12) had no trouble scoring despite playing their first game without star freshman and leading scorer Allonzo Trier (hand).

Arizona shot 60 percent, including 19 of 27 in the second half, and outscored Washington 50-32 in the paint. Parker Jackson-Cartwright was the setup man, finishing with 11 assists and one turnover, while Kadeem Allen scored 13 points and Gabe York added 12.

Defensively, the Wildcats had trouble handling the Huskies’ quickness off the dribble and ability to get to the rim.

Arizona shut Washington down in the second half with a tenacious man-to-man defense and a bit of 2-3 zone – a first by Arizona coach Sean Miller in 12 years – to extend its home winning streak to a nation-best 48 games.

“Once we went into halftime, our defense went to another level,” Miller said.

Washington (11-5, 3-1) played without a key backup on the front line and was no match for the beefier Wildcats inside.

Arizona had a 43-26 advantage on the glass against the Pac-12’s top rebounding team and closed off the lanes to the basket in the second half to turn the game into a rout.

Noah Dickerson had 17 points and Marquese Chriss added 13 for the Huskies. Andrew Andrews, the Pac-12’s leading scorer, battled foul trouble and scored nine points on 3-of-11 shooting.

“Because of the level of team they are, you don’t have any margin for error,” Romar said. “And they made us pay for it.”

The young Huskies arrived at McKale Center as the surprising leaders of the Pac-12.

Picked to finish 11th, Washington and its seven freshmen opened conference play with three straight victories behind Andrews and Dejounte Murray, who have accounted for 53 percent of its scoring.

Arizona returned home in need of a lift.

The Wildcats had a lost Southern California weekend after being swept by UCLA and USC, and lost Trier for at least a month after he was injured in the quadruple-overtime loss to the Trojans.

Washington was missing a key player of its own; freshman forward Devenir Duruisseau, a backup forward, suffered a concussion in Monday’s practice and didn’t make the trip.

That left the Huskies thin up front and the Wildcats took advantage by pounding the ball inside with a lineup that at times included 7-footers Tarczewski and Dusan Ristic at the same time.

Anderson was the beneficiary, scoring 15 points and Arizona used an 8-2 run to lead 44-41 at halftime.

“Every game, that’s one of our mottos, to play aggressive inside,” Anderson said. “We’re bigger than most teams and we’ve got to use that.”

Washington struggled with foul trouble and Andrews rolled his right ankle late in the first half, yet the Huskies used their athleticism to keep up with the Wildcats. Chriss had 11 points and Washington made 17 of 33 shots in the first half.

Arizona threw the first punch in the second half and the Huskies had no answer.

The Wildcats went on 12-4 run to go up 56-45 and extended the lead to 22 points on consecutive inside baskets by Anderson.

Washington’s good shooting dried up against Arizona’s pressure in the second half.

The Huskies made 10 of 33 shots and Andrews had to sit after picking up his fourth foul at 13:02. By the time he returned, Arizona was well on its way to the victory.


Jackson-Cartwright didn’t start at point guard, but ended up being the catalyst, pushing the ball in transition every time the frontcourt players ripped down defensive rebounds.

“So many great plays he was involved in that led to a 3-point shot or a dunk,” Miller said. “He was in total control out there.”


Washington: Washington was 2 for 12 on 3-pointers in the second half. … Murray had eight points on 8-of-12 shooting and six turnovers in his first game at McKale Center.

Arizona: Junior guard Elliott Pitts missed his ninth straight game due to unspecified personal reasons. … The Wildcats have won 22 straight Pac-12 games at home. … Arizona has scored at least 80 points in nine straight games, its longest streak since 11 straight in 1997-98.


Washington plays at Arizona State on Saturday.

Arizona hosts Washington State on Saturday.