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North Carolina 4-star recruit cites Romar firing as reason for decision

NCAA Basketball: Colorado at Washington Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina point guard Blake Harris announced that he is re-opening his recruitment and the UW has released him from his national letter of intent. Harris, a point guard from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was recruited by Lorenzo Romar and his staff.

Due to the dismissal of Romar, Harris, reconsidered coming out west. According to ESPN, he was a four-star recruit and a top-200 prospect. Washington was the only west coast school to offer Harris.

As a ripple effect from Romar’s firing, 5-star, 2018 guard prospect Immanuel Quickley, is no longer considering the Huskies. Quickley is 6-4 guard from Baltimore, Maryland.

This all comes on the heels of the decommitment from star 2018 big man Jontay Porter and the expected loss of his brother Michael, one of the best players in the nation.

On the bright side, new UW men’s basketball coach, Mike Hopkins is already on the recruitment trail having offered for 2018, Mater Dei High School point guard Spencer Freedman as reported by Josh Gershon. Freedman is a 4-star recruit. Mater Dei is the alma mater of Hopkins. It is also where Bol Bol, the son of the late NBA great Manute Bol, is an undeclared junior.

The loss of Harris hurts the Huskies but is not entirely unexpected. Clearly, high school players commit to the coaches, not the school, so we’ll see where that leaves Michael Porter, Jr.