Washington basketball avoided a scare on Halloween and instead got happy news this afternoon when class of 2022 guard prospect Keyon Menifield Jr. announced his commitment to the Huskies. The 6’2 scorer from Michigan chose the Dawgs over Boston College, Massachusetts, and Eastern Michigan.
This looks like another commitment, similar to Dominiq Penn last year, where the Huskies are trying to go a little under the radar; although not quite that out of nowhere. Menifield won the Michigan 3A state title last year as a senior averaging a ridiculous 26 points, 9.3 assists, and 6.6 steals per game. Despite those monster numbers he had no power conference offers and decided instead to play AAU over the summer and reclassify to the class of 2022 to increase his profile. That step only somewhat worked as he gained more offers but still does not have a ranking from 247 Sports.
Menifield continued to light it up this summer and was the leading scorer at Peach Jam putting up 22.5 points per game to pace the 17U division. It was definitely a one-man show situation as no one else on his team averaged more than 6.7 points per game.
While Menifield is clearly a crafty scorer he’s not someone who is necessarily going to dominate the game at every level. Despite his gaudy scoring numbers Menifield shot just 21.9% from 3-pt range on the EYBL. Instead his game reminds me a lot of recently departed Husky Marcus Tsohonis who wasn’t known as a 3-pt shooter in high school before improving greatly in that regard once getting to Washington. Keyon much prefers to drive the ball and has an adept series of floaters and midrange options when he isn’t able to get all the way to the rim.
Washington badly needed to add a guard option in the class of 2022 and they have one secured now. However, despite Menifield’s high school scoring numbers it’s unlikely that he can step in from day one and be the starting point guard on a power conference team with any postseason aspirations. As it currently stands UW would go into next year with the guard trio of PJ Fuller, Dominiq Penn, and Keyon Menifield. That will still likely need to be improved via the transfer market if the Huskies want to go anywhere next year.
Menifield becomes the second commitment in the class of 2022 along with forward Tyler Linhardt.