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Huskies get Commitment from 2018 NV Small Forward Jamal Bey

The Bishop Gorman standout becomes the 3rd Husky in the 2018 class

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The Washington Huskies got a surprise on Saturday afternoon when they received a verbal commitment from 3-star Jamal Bey. The 6’6 Small Forward out of Bishop Gorman high school becomes the 3rd player committed to Washington from the 2018 class. The news was first reported by

Bey announced a few weeks ago that he would be taking official visits to both Gonzaga and Washington. The visit to Seattle was scheduled for 11/4. We’ll see what the reason was for Bey deciding to go ahead and pull the trigger rather than waiting to compare the Huskies and the Zags.

This would appear to be the first dividend from Coach Dave Rice joining the coaching staff. He previously coached at both UNLV and Nevada and his brother Grant is the head coach for Jamal at Bishop Gorman. That high school has some serious talent coming up over the next several years and if UW can set up a pipeline there it would be extremely advantageous for them moving forward.

All in all, this commitment has to come as a little bit of a surprise. I expected this to be a 3-man class with a Center joining previous commits Ed Chang and Elijah Hardy. It made the most sense for there to be 1 point guard, 1 big man, and 1 wing. Given that Chang has moved to Seattle from Nebraska, I don’t believe this means his commitment is at risk at all.

The biggest consequence is that we are likely to see an exodus of transfers at the end of this year. Technically, the Dawgs only have one spot available for the 2018 class. They absolutely need a center and will likely get one of Bryan Penn-Johnson or Nic Lynch pending a change. That would make this a 4 man class and necessitate three transfers out of the program after the year. There are always players who don’t fit into a new coach’s system so this is a reminder to take a deep breath when word starts to leak out that players are considering transferring.

Let’s get to Bey himself now. He looks physically like Matisse Thybulle at 6’6 and 185 pounds. He’s extremely athletic with great bounce and seems to have a good shooting stroke as well. The wing spot is loaded at the moment with Matisse Thybulle, Dominic Green, Jaylen Nowell, Bitumba Baruti, Nahz Carter, and Michael Carter III all standing between 6’5 and 6’7 as well. Expect one or two of the aforementioned transfers to come from that group. We’ll update the story once Jamal gives some public thoughts about the commitment.


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