The Washington Huskies men’s basketball team is adding another guard to its roster for the 2016-17 season.
Harold Baruti, a 6-foot-6 guard who prepped at Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Virginia, signed a financial-aid agreement to play for the Huskies, the UW announced on Monday.
“We’re very fortunate at this late of date to sign a player of Harold’s caliber,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement released by the school. “Walking in the door he immediately becomes one of our most athletic players. He’s only been playing organized basketball in the states for two years, so here’s another player with tremendous upside that will grow in our system and will have an impact on our program.”
Baruti moved to the United States two years ago from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, his home country. He averaged 11.6 points and 7.0 rebounds as a senior last season at Mountain Mission.
Baruti visited Michigan in May, and reportedly received recruiting attention from other high-major schools. He reportedly committed to Utah in May but re-opened his recruitment a short time later, apparently due to an issue with the admissions office.
Scout.com consideres Baruti a 3-star recruit, as does Rivals.com. His signing gives the Huskies the full allotment of 13 scholarship players heading into the 2016-17 season (Dan Kingma, the former walk-on who was placed on scholarship last season, will remain so). Baruti joins 5-star point guard Markelle Fultz, New Zealand center Sam Timmins and guard Carlos Johnson in UW’s 2016 recruiting class.
“It’s a blessing to join the program and have the opportunity to improve my game and get better,” Baruti said in a statement. “Coach Romar is a trustworthy, genuine guy that I am happy to get to play for. The style of basketball that the Huskies play is fast with a lot of guards which I think I can grow into pretty well.”
Here are some of his highlights, via YouTube.