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.