One of Washington state’s top high school basketball players says he is staying home to play for the Washington Huskies.
Jaylen Nowell, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Seattle’s Garfield High School, announced an oral commitment on Wednesday to play for UW.
Nowell is considered a 4-star recruit by Scout.com, and is ranked as the No. 63 overall prospect in the 2017 class. He was named first-team All-State by the News Tribune after averaging 17 points and four rebounds per game as a junior. Per Scout.com, Nowell lists offers from California, Oregon and Stanford.
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Nowell is the first recruit to commit to UW in what could be a star-studded 2017 class. Michael Porter Jr., considered one of the top five recruits in the nation, recently announced that he and his younger brother Jontay -- a 2018 recruit already committed to UW -- will transfer to Nathan Hale High School for the 2016-17 season. Their father, Michael Porter Sr., was hired in May by UW coach Lorenzo Romar as an assistant, and Michael Porter Jr. is therefore thought to be a lock to commit to the Huskies.
Nowell’s Garfield teammate Daejon Davis is also a coveted recruit and was once committed to UW, but announced in April that he had decommitted from Washington.
Here are some of Nowell’s highlights.