Recruiting Bites: UW in hot pursuit of Cheatham and Trier

Seattle-native Allonzo Trier competes for Team USA West in the Nike Global Challenge in a game against Canada. - USA TODAY Sports

Washington's coaching staff is spread out across the country, doing its best to attract the nation's top basketball talent to Montlake.

Washington Huskies 2014 priority recruit Zylan Cheatham impressed on-lookers this past week at the Double Pump Best of Summer Tournament in Anaheim, Calif. Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar attended every single one of the forward recruit's games – and the trend is likely to continue heading into the final recruiting period in July this coming week. Cheatham announced via his twitter account that he will narrow his list on July 26th. Expect to see Washington, New Mexico and San Diego St. among his favorites. Here are a few tweets about Cheatham from last week:

Recruiting Trail:

  • According to HOT SPOT Hoops, Washington has offered 2014 forward Payton Dastrup (Mountain View High School). The 6-foot-9 post player from Mesa, Arizona will actually take a two-year Latter Day Saints mission after he graduates from high school next year, meaning he can be considered a member of the 2016 class. Arizona, BYU, Florida are among the several schools who have offered scholarships to Dastrup.
  • Per Josh Gershon from Scout.com, Washington has also offered a scholarship to 2014 guard Ronnie Harrell (East High School). Several high major schools have offered the 6-foot-6 wing recruit, including Arizona St. and Washington St. out of the Pac-12. The Denver-native is a consensus three-star recruit.
  • A new name to keep tabs on is 2015 forward Chris Egi (Montverde Academy). UW offered Egi last week according to Marshall Cherrington from Scout.com. Egi stands at 6-foot-9 and has high major offers from Florida, Marquette and Cal along with Washington. The Markham, Canada native stars for CIA Bounce on the AAU circuit with his skill set oozing with athleticism. He told Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com that Washington, Stanford and Harvard are recruiting him the hardest. Zagoria also notes Egi is considering re-classifying to the class of 2014, similar to what Kansas-bound Andrew Wiggins did last year.
  • Assistant coach TJ Otzelberger was spotted on the East Coast in Washington D.C. earlier last week to watch 2015 guard Allonzo Trier (NOAH HomeSchool) at the Nike Global Challenge. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard helped lead the USA West squad to a 4-0 record while averaging five points. Washington along with 12 other schools have offered Trier a scholarship.
  • Romar was traveling all around southern California last week, including a trip to Redondo Beach to see several high-end West Coast prospects. One player the Huskies have their eyes on is 2015 guard Aaron Holiday (Campbell Hall). Holiday, the brother of former Husky forward Justin Holiday and NBA point guard Jrue Holiday is making a name for himself. I saw Holiday play in a game in February and was impressed with his relentless and aggressive approach on offense. UCLA and USC have offered Holiday.
  • The Husky Haul interviewed future Husky, 2014 forward Donaven Dorsey.
  • Scout.com's Bear Territory website posted this highlight video of UW target, 2015 guard Dejounte Murray. California offered the local Rainier Beach HS standout last week according to Left Coast Recruiting.

Email basketball recruiting tips to kcacabelos@gmail.com.

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