Now that the 2013-14 UW basketball season is over, fans want to know who they can look forward to taking the court for the Huskies next season. Lorenzo Romar and the UW staff have already signed two players for the class of 2013-14, and have a verbal commitment from another. Lets take a look at who will be donning the purple and gold as newcomers next season.
Donaven Dorsey- 6 foot 7, 215 pounds- Small Forward/Guard- Timberline H.S. (Lacey, Wash.)
Dorsey committed to the Huskies in early July and signed his LOI in the early signing period. Dorsey doesnt get as much attention as the other prospects in the state due to his location, but has been a target of Romar since early on in his high school career.
Dorsey is a combo forward/guard who has the height and weight of a college-ready player. He doesn't possess any skills that stand out as his best qualities, but doesn't have many weaknesses to his game. A jack-of-all-trades player, Dorsey should see pretty good minutes his freshman season due to his versatility, as he can play shooting guard, small forward, or even power forward in Romar's system.
An ankle injury plagued Dorsey at the end of his senior season, but he is still one of the highest-rated prospects in the state. Dorsey is rated a three-star prospect on ESPN and a four-star prospect on Scout. Dorsey may not be oozing potential but he definitely has a college ready body and skill set. His strength is using his big frame to attack the basket. He will need to improve on his shooting to become an All-Conference caliber player.
Check out his highlight video from the end of his junior season.
2014 Donaven Dorsey "Playoff Highlights" (via Jason McCleary)
Tristan Etienne- 6 foot 10, 215 pounds- Power Forward- W.J. Mouat Secondary (Abbotsford, B.C., Canada)
Etienne was the first commit for the 2013-14 class and seems to be an under-the-radar prospect for the Huskies. He held offers from Hawaii, Portland, Portland State, and Washington State before deciding on the Huskies. Few people had heard about Etienne before his commitment, but obviously Romar wasn't afraid to pull the trigger and lock him up.
He is a long, lean athlete who is light on his feet and looks comfortable playing both inside and outside the paint. In his freshman season at the UW, Etienne will probably need to earn his minutes on the defensive end, where many believe his shot blocking is his best attribute, something the Huskies were missing this past season. Obviously weight will be an issue his first season, but an off-season in the weight room will help his potential even more.
With every other college in the nation benefiting from the basketball factory known as Canada, Romar has taken his chance with a high potential prospect in Etienne. He is a three-star prospect on Scout and not ranked by ESPN.
Check out his highlight video from last summer's AAU season.
Tristan Etienne, DRIVE Basketball, Class of 2014, Bellevue Washington AAU Mix April '13 (via drivefitness)
Quevyn Winters- 6 foot 6, 205 pounds- Forward/Guard- Indian Hills C.C. (Ottumwa, Iowa)
With C.J. Wilcox graduating, Romar is in need of a scorer, and may have added it in Winters, a junior college transfer. Winters played one year at Duquesne, where he played in 30 games, averaging 9.6 points and 4.9 rebounds, before helping Indian Hills win the NJCAA National Championship. He averaged 11.9 points and 4.9 in just 17.7 minutes. Winters can score going to the hoop and can extend his range out to the 3-point arch. With only two years of eligibility remaining, Winters will compete with sophomore Darin Johnson to replace the void left by Wilcox.
Here is some highlights from his season at Indian Hills C.C.
Quevyn Winters Washington Commit | Mixtape with Indian Hills CC (via IA Elites)
The Huskies have also extended an offer to 6-6 forward Djuan Piper from nearby Rainier Beach H.S.
Piper is an athletic forward who is raw offensively but could become a lock-down defender with his length and athleticism. He will draw comparisons to Justin Holiday if he decides to become a Husky.
Piper will announce when Rainier Beach returns from the Dick's Sporting Goods High School National Tournament in New York. Beach opens up the tournament against Findlay Prep on April 3. Piper is rated a four-star prospect on ESPN and a three-star propsect on Scout.
According to Dawgman.com, the UW is showing interest in Kevin Ndahiro, a 6 foot 9 power forward from Nelson County H.S. in Bardstown, Ky. He is not ranked by Scout, and only holds an offer from Gardner-Webb. Oregon and Utah are also showing interest.
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