National Signing Day has passed, the NBA draft deadline has come and gone, and besides a few long shots, it looks as if the Washington basketball team's class of 2014 is all in the books. Or is it?
Transferring has become the new culture in college basketball. Players who feel they aren't getting deserved minutes at one school leave for new opportunities, and those who have graduated can finish up their career at a different school.
College basketball's version of free agency, everyone is taking advantage of the transfer phenomenon. Let's take a look at some players the Huskies could go after on the transfer market.
These are the players who have already been reached out to by Lorenzo Romar or have past connections to the program.
Ryan Anderson- Boston College
2013-14 stats- 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 49% field goals
The 6'7 power forward was a double digit scorer all three years he played for the Eagles. A native of Lakewood, California, Anderson was rated a three-star prospect by Scout and a four-start prospect by ESPN, holding offers from Miami, Northwestern, San Diego State, and Washington State. Romar has been in talks with Anderson since he announced he was leaving Boston College and the UW seems to be a serious contender to land him. Anderson underwent shoulder surgery in April that will have him sidelined four to six months. He will redshirt this year and he expects to be healthy for his senior season wherever it may be.
Stephen Domingo- Georgetown
2013-14 stats- 0.5 points, 0.5 rebounds
Husky fans who follow recruiting will remember Domingo as a prime target from Romar's class of 2012. While he never got the chance to shine with the Hoyas, the 6'6 shooting guard was rated a four star prospect by both Scout and ESPN and is well known for his three point shooting ability. Academics was a big emphasis on Domingo's recruiting and hopefully Romar can drive that point home when making his pitch. I do think Cal or Stanford are the favorites, but don't be surprised to see the Huskies make a strong push for the San Francisco native.
Here are some players who could fill some of the biggest holes for next season
Justin Martin- Xavier
2013-14 stats- 11.7 points, 5.2 rebounds
With Desmond Simmons leaving the program and the future of Robert Upshaw up in the air, its no secret that the Huskies need to add another big body, and Martin may be the hottest commodity on the transfer market when it comes to
post players forwards. Last season he was the second-leading scorer and rebounder for Xavier. I would say the UW's chances of landing Martin fall closer to unlikely, but he definitely has big minutes waiting for him if he decides to come to Seattle.
Unlikely, but anything is possible
Nick Faust- Maryland
2013-14 stats- 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists
Faust shuffled in and out of the starting lineup during his three years at Maryland, but averaged over 20 minutes per game in every year. The Baltimore, Maryland native has a strong interest in Oregon (surprise), so maybe Romar can catch a visit with him after he travels to Eugene. I think the safe bet at this point would be Oregon.
Cole Huff- Nevada
2013-14 stats- 12.4 points, 5.4 rebounds
The 6 foot 9 power forward won an appeal that would let him transfer to schools closer to his hometown of Altadena, California, but according to his AAU coach, Huff has narrowed down his final choices to Michigan, Creighton, Dayton, and Iowa. Maybe Huff will change his mind and return back to the
Pacific Northwest West Coast.
Other recruiting news
- I think its a safe bet to say Rainier Beach H.S. forward D'Juan Piper will not qualify academically to be a part of the class of 2014 for any school, and will most likely go the JuCo route before playing Division-I ball. The UW extended an offer to Piper in January, and he was reported to be choosing from South Carolina, Minnesota, and the Huskies. Piper is rated a four-star prospect on ESPN.
- According to Dawgman.com's Aaron Beach, class of 2014 prospect and Cal commit Ahmaad Rorie has interest in UW after the coaching change for the Golden Bears. Rorie finished the 2014 season at Lincoln H.S. in Tacoma after starting his senior season at Monteverde Academy in Florida. He played his first three years of high school ball at Clover Park H.S. (Lakewood) and Lincoln, and is the cousin of class of 2015 UW commit David Crisp.
Will the Huskies make any splashes on the transfer market? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.