To say that Washington has some roster turnover to deal with this season would be an understatement, as Lorenzo Romar’s program bid farewell to eight players through either graduation, transfer or dismissal. In their place are nine newcomers, with this class considered by some to be the best recruiting haul Romar’s reeled in during his tenure at Washington.
Given the overall lack of experience the newcomers will have to produce from the start, but in the case of freshman forward Marquese Chriss there will be some missed practice time. Chriss suffered a fractured wrist last month, and while the injury will result in some missed practice time he’s expected to be back in time for the Huskies’ season opener against Texas November 14 in Shanghai.
The 6-foot-9 Sacramento native is part of a front court that includes newcomers Malik Dime and Noah Dickerson, with all three needed to be contributors for a team looking to end a four-year NCAA tournament drought. Washington may lack experience, with guard Andrew Andrews being the team’s lone senior, but they don’t lack for bodies heading into the 2015-16 campaign.
That depth should allow Washington to play faster on both ends of the floor, something that has not happened consistently in recent years. The biggest need for improvement comes on the defensive end, where over the last three seasons the Huskies have struggled mightily.
2018 power forward Jontay Porter commits to Washington
Despite the fact that he’ll only be a sophomore in high school this upcoming season, Jontay Porter already stands 6-foot-9. And even with that youth, the younger brother of five-star 2017 forward Michael Porter Jr. already knows where he wants to play college basketball. Sunday afternoon Porter announced via Twitter that he’s verbally committed to play at Washington for Lorenzo Romar.
Given the fact that Porter’s still three years away from playing college basketball, he may not be done growing given his current height. The left-handed Porter played for the Mo-Kan Elite grassroots program this summer, following his freshman season at Tolton Regional Catholic HS.
There’s also the matter of the two families being especially close, with Romar and Michael Porter Sr. being teammates on an Athletes in Action team as collegians. Romar is also the Michael Jr.’s godfather.
Those connections nearly led to Michael Sr. joining the Washington program as an assistant, but the current assistant on the Missouri women’s team decided to remain in Columbia.
Among the reasons why Porter Sr. turned down the job according to the Columbia Daily Tribune was the opportunity to continue coaching his oldest daughter (Bri will be a sophomore this season) with another daughter (Cierra) committed to join the program in 2015-16.
Whether or not Jontay’s commitment affects Michael Jr.’s recruitment remains to be seen, but if you’re Washington this isn’t a bad move to make regardless of any possible impact.
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Former Florida signee Noah Dickerson commits to Washington
Four-star power forward Noah Dickerson’s trip through the recruiting process has been an interesting one, as the Monteverde Academy product first committed to Georgetown before deciding to reopen his recruitment. The 6-foot-8 Dickerson would then commit to and sign with Florida, only to see head coach Billy Donovan move on to the NBA.
The lone member of Florida’s recruiting class to decide not to head to Gainesville, Dickerson announced Thursday night that he’s decided to join Lorenzo Romar’s program at Washington. Dickerson announced the news via his Twitter account, and he joins a team that will be very young in 2015-16.
Dickerson is the seventh freshman in Washington’s Class of 2015 recruiting haul, with junior college transfer Malik Dime and Auburn transfer Matthew Atewe being the other additions. Atewe will have to sit out the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rules.
In the post Washington won’t have a player who’s played Division I basketball in its rotation next season. Dime played at Indian Hills CC, with freshmen Dickerson, Marquese Chriss and Devinir Duruisseau rounding out the group. Washington will have some experience at the three, with senior Quevyn Winters and sophomore Donaven Dorsey back, but those two and senior point guard Andrew Andrews are the only eligible scholarship players on the roster who played at the Division I level a season ago.
Dickerson has the size and talent needed to help the Huskies inside, and he’ll need to in what shapes up to be a very important year for the program.