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Auburn transfer Matthew Atewe selects Washington

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Washington's embattled hoops program got some good news today as Auburn transfer Matthew Atewe announced his intention to join the Huskies. The 6'10" post will petition for immediate eligibility after missing all of this past season with a leg injury.

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It's been a rough stretch of late for Lorenzo Romar and the Washington men's basketball program, but they got some good news today as Matthew Atewe - a muscular 6'10" post from Brampton, Ontario, Canada by way of Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts - announced his intention to transfer from Auburn to join the Huskies:

Atewe took a visit this weekend to Seattle and loved what he saw but wanted the chance to talk with his family before making his announcement today.  He's expected to petition for immediate eligibility with the Huskies after sitting out this past season due to aggravating a prior lower leg fracture.  He's expected to make a full recovery.

Atewe is a rugged, physical presence that will give the Huskies another strong post player to pair up with Malik Dime and allow Marquise Chriss to play more of a PF role.  Should he be declared eligible for the 2015/16 season, his arrival could allow Romar the luxury of redshirting Devenir Duruisseau.