Mar 9, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar argues for a shooting foul against the UCLA Bruins during the second half at Alaska Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Good news for the University of Washington men’s basketball team has been few and far between the past three seasons.
Fortunately, for embattled head basketball coach Lorenzo Romar,he received some very encouraging news with the commitment of four-star shooting guard Dejounte Murray on Tuesday.
Murray, is from nearby Rainier Beach High School in South Seattle and is ranked number 54 in the 247sports.com composite rankings for the class of 2015. The ability to keep Murray from going to the University of Arizona, or University of Oregon was a huge step in the right direction for coach Romar and the Washington program.
Murray brings that mix of skills to the table as he will be able to be a shooting guard or a wing when the Huskies play small. In addition, Murray will be a nice ability to rebound the basketball, and defend relentlessly. This will help the overall defense for Washington as defense was a struggle at times last season.
The ability to get a player the caliber of Murray is also important for the perception of the Husky basketball program among fans in the state. With a national power like Rainier Beach High School just down the road it is critical for Washington to keep top players at home.
The approach of going after guys like Aaron Gordon and not having a quality backup plan backfired on this Husky basketball in the past.
The key is getting that very talented player like Murray and others that want to be a part of the program.
Once you get these talented players in the program it comes down to player development and developing the best team possible.