The Huskies signed point guard Elijah Hardy, shooting guard Jamal Bey and power forward Nate Roberts.
Washington men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins used the adjectives “tough” and “gritty” to describe the three recruits who signed binding national letters of intent with the Huskies.
“Everyone that has committed to our program exemplifies the Husky spirit,” said Hopkins, who plugged a few holes on a roster that lacks depth at point guard and size in the post.
Washington signed Elijah Hardy, a four-star 6-foot-2 point guard from Oakland, Calif., Jamal Bey, a 6-6 shooting guard from Las Vegas and Nate Roberts, a 6-11 power forward from Edgewood, Md.
“They are all tough, gritty and ready to get to work and that’s exactly what we were looking to get from this class,” Hopkins said. “They will fit our program and we’re excited to have them join the family.”
Hardy, who is considered a four-star prospect by ESPN.com and Scout.com, is a potential successor to junior David Crisp when he arrives. Hardy reportedly had offers from USC, USF, Santa Clara and Nevada. He was one of 17 finalists for the 2015 USA U16 Team and named to the 2015-16 USA Junior National Team in 2015.
“Elijah is a dynamic point guard who has an amazing sense to pass and make others better,” Hopkins said. “He will be able to step in immediately and have an impact and we can’t wait to have him be part of the family.”
Roberts, a four-star prospect according to ESPN, gives the Huskies much needed size inside. He has a 7-6 wingspan and would be UW’s tallest player this season. Roberts reportedly had offers from Syracuse, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Connecticut and Wake Forest.
“Nate’s size and strength is something we’re really excited about,” Hopkins said. “With his wingspan and athleticism, he can run and jump out of the gym. His upside is huge and we’re really looking forward to helping him continue to grow.”
Bey, a three-star prospect according to ESPN, averaged 18 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 46.2 percent from the field last season at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas.
“Jamal is a versatile wing player that comes from a winning pedigree,” Hopkins said. “He is a dynamic player with size that can get in the lane along with shooting the open three. He’s a multi-positional threat that will be a great addition to our program.”
The Huskies also received a verbal commitment from Ed Chang, a 6-7 forward and four-star recruit from Nebraska who transferred to Garfield High. However, he’s not expected to sign during the early signing period, which began Wednesday and ends Nov. 15. The regular signing period begins April 11.
Washington has just one senior in Dan Kingma and at the moment the Huskies are projected to have 15 scholarship players next season, not including Chang. The NCAA limit is 13.