January 22, 2011, Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar pumps his fist after a foul called against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the second half at Alaska Airlines Arena. Washington defeated Arizona State, 88-75. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Darin Johnson Commits to Washington

According to the 6’4″ shooting guard’s twitter feed, Darin Johnson has given his verbal commitment to play basketball for Coach Romar’s Washington Huskies. Johnson was set to announce his decision today, and it was widely thought to be a competition between Washington and Dana Altman’s Oregon Ducks. The product of Sheldon High School in Sacramento, California is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and a three-star prospect by most other major recruiting services, so while he isn’t as highly touted as Aaron Gordon, another player Romar is vying for, he is a very solid addition to the 2013 recruiting class, which is currently made up of four-star point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, and to the program as a whole.

Mar 10, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar reacts after the quarter final game of the 2011 Pac-10 men

The primary reason for Johnson’s interest in Washington seems to be Coach Romar, specifically the family atmosphere fostered by the coach, as well as his ability to help his players succeed at the next level. He visited Washington earlier this month with fellow recruits Aaron Gordon and Nigel Williams-Goss.

Looking at some online highlight videos, which obviously tell you very little about a players actual game, it is clear that he is an athletic guard capable of running the floor and finishing, but his high school stats paint a more complete picture. As a junior, he averaged 16.8 points a game to go along with 2.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds. More on Darin Johnson, and the 2013 recruiting class as a whole, as more information is available.

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  • rossb

    Sorry to comment on an unrelated matter, but I’m not sure how else to ask the question. In years past, when Montlake Madness was self hosted, there were typically a series of articles about each Pac-12 team. I really looked forward to those articles and hope they continue. Breaking down each team, looking at who graduated, who returned and who is new was always interesting. I was often surprised by some of the names (“Huh, I thought he was a senior…”). The analysis, as always, was top notch. Are you planning on doing that again this year? I sure hope so.