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April 19, 2006

Thomas official tomorrow

Posted by Bob Condotta at 12:53 PM

Because there is no suspense left, Isaiah Thomas has decided to move up his news conference to officially announce he will attend Washington to tomorrow (Thursday) at Curtis High School in University Place.

The news broke last night that Thomas had committed and he had already told UW coaches. As of late last night, his press conference was set for next week, but it's obvious now there is no reason to wait.

This is a good recruit for Washington. Thomas will be the highest-rated in-state player next year, and it continues Washington's solid recruiting in the state. The Huskies signed Martell Webster and Jon Brockman two years ago, Spencer Hawes this year and now Thomas, who will officially sign in November.

Thomas is officially listed at 5 feet 9, 166 pounds, though most figure he's really at least an inch shorter.

He is a dynamic offensive player who should immediately be able to score for the Huskies. His biggest challenges will come at the defensive end, where he doesn't yet show the intensity of Nate Robinson, a similarly sized player who became a first-round NBA draft pick.

Figuring out just how Thomas will be able to fit into the Huskies is hard to do right now because it's difficult to project exactly who Washington will have on the floor by then. Will Hawes play more than one year? Will Justin Dentmon stay longer than two?

But Thomas no doubt will be an integral part of UW's future.

Expect Washington to recruit another player or two for that class. The obvious question is how many scholarships UW will have for the class of 2007. The Huskies have just one scholarship senior next year " Hans Gasser. But Hawes might not be around long and there could be other changes.

As I've written here before, the scholarship situation isn't something that has to be settled until all the players arrive. As Lorenzo Romar always says "it'll all work out'' so I wouldn't worry too much about that aspect of recruiting right now.

Blake Young redux

We wrote a little here yesterday about Blake Young getting away.

One person who follows recruiting closely described him as a player who could have scored 14 or 15 points per game for UW next year. In recruiting circles, Young was considered all but a lock for Washington until Kansas State and new coach Bob Huggins got into the picture about two weeks ago.

Young hadn't been expected to make a visit to Kansas State until last week, when he decided just a few days beforehand to take a trip there. He then visited UW over the weekend and after returning home, decided to commit to K-State yesterday.

As for Keaton Grant, I don't think his commitment to Purdue had anything to do with Young, though I know some figured his decision Saturday to not take a trip to UW meant that Young was probably coming to Seattle.

Instead, it sounds as if Purdue forced Grant's hand, convincing him that it was too big of a gamble to wait and see what would happen with UW and Young. The Huskies weren't going to offer both players scholarships, and Grant knew he was second on Washington's list.

As for Roburt Sallie, I don't think there was any interest on UW's end anymore, even if Sallie might have been interested in reigniting his chances at coming to Seattle. I think the Huskies lost interest when Sallie had trouble getting academically eligible.

Sallie has apparently officially signed with Nebraska, which puts that to bed for good.

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