West Seattle PG Nate Pryor committed to the University of Washington on Saturday night in a long-anticipated move. He had been pledged to join Cameron Dollar at Seattle U prior to Dollar’s dismissal. When both Dollar and Romar were let go and it became clear that Blake Harris was no longer considering UW, this became a logical place to turn. Once Cameron Dollar was added to the staff it seemed a near certainty. Given the presence of both Will Conroy and Dollar on the coaching staff, it isn’t a surprise that the first two commits to this point have been Seattle guys.
This class definitely needed a PG given the current roster situation. David Crisp and Dan Kingma are currently the only two point guards on the roster. Many feel that Crisp would be better suited off the ball and Kingma is a former walk-on so it seems likely that Pryor will have the opportunity to get immediate playing time. There is still the possibility that Jaylen Nowell sticks with his commitment to UW and would also have the ability to play some point guard although he may be more of a combo guard.
The staff will continue to pursue Nowell but otherwise must shift their attention to big men, who are less readily available in the late signing period. If the staff can’t hold onto Noah Dickerson it would leave only Sam Timmins and Devenir Duruisseau left on the team taller than 6’8. Ideally, Coach Hop would like to have at least 4 big men in the rotation which means finding 1-2 more impact players of that size depending on Dickerson’s decision. There are a number of names that have been floated about on the transfer market but most would have to sit out a year and wouldn’t help for this season. Check out Pryor’s highlights below.