Jaylen Nowell, a top-100 recruit, became the first UW commit for the class of 2017.
Garfield junior Jaylen Nowell, a top-100 recruit in the class of 2017, verbally committed to the University of Washington on Wednesday.
“After thinking long and hard,” Nowell tweeted, “I am happy to announce that I will be staying home to attend and play for the UW.”
At 6-5, 190 pounds, Nowell is a consensus four-star and top-100 shooting guard. He is ranked 45th nationally by ESPN, 56th nationally by Rivals.com and 63rd nationally by Scout.com. All three recruiting sites have him as a four-star recruit.
Nowell also had offers from Oregon, Stanford and California, according to Scout.com He becomes the first player to commit to coach Lorenzo Romar for the class of 2017.
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Nowell is another in a long line of highly rated recruits to sign with Romar in the last few years, and he could be the first of a dynamic recruiting class.
Michael Porter Jr. is the third-ranked player in the country and the top player in the state, according to ESPN. Romar just hired Porter’s father as an assistant coach and Porter will play this season at Nathan Hale High School. Porter is considering UW as well as Virginia, Indiana, Missouri and Oklahoma.
Uw is also recruiting Garfield guard Daejon Davis, ESPN’s 39th-ranked player in the nation and the second-ranked player in the state. Davis had previously committed to UW but decommitted in April. Davis and Nowell are teammates and friends at Garfield.