Former UNLV signee commits to Washington

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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.