2017 4-star SG Jaylen Nowell has committed to Washington over Cal, Oregon and Seattle. Nowell is ranked #47 nationally by 247Sports and is the #9 shooting guard in the class.
I asked Nowell why he chose Washington, and he said, “You can’t ignore the success of their players that [Washington] has been sending to the league.” He added, “The team is going to be very good by the time I get there.” Nowell also liked that Washington was right by his home in Seattle, Washington.
Nowell is known for his finishing ability at the rim, with either hand. He has a very nice mid range jumper, and he also has the ability to make the three ball, but it is not as consistent as his mid range. Nowell has great upside and could be a dominant wing at the collegiate level.
Despite Nowell’s strengths, he does posses some concerning weaknesses. His basketball IQ is not up to par for his age, and as a result, he is prone to make turnovers on a consistent basis. Nowell’s shot selection is often a head scratcher as well.
This is only the beginning of, what seems like, to be a big recruiting class for the Huskies. 5-star SF Michael Porter Jr is seriously considering Washington. His father was recently hired to join the men’s basketball staff. Porter is rumored to want a package deal with 5-star PG Trae Young. 5-star SF Kris Wilkes is also considering Washington, but it does not seem likely that the Huskies land him.
The Huskies can finally take a deep breath after losing key pieces to their roster last season. Both Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray are in the NBA, and played large roles for Washington. Washington does receive 2016 5-star PG Markelle Fultz next season, but it seems that Fultz will have to carry the team next season in order for Washington to be successful. The commitment from Nowell gives Washington a great start to their 2017 recruiting class, which could be a fantastic one.