Former Garfield High standout J’Raan Brooks, who flirted with the Huskies before signing with USC last year, is transferring to Washington after one season in Los Angeles.
Brooks, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound freshman forward, will have to sit out the 2019-20 season and will have three years of eligibility remaining. He could also apply for a waiver to play immediately next season.
“We’re excited to add J’Raan to the program,” UW coach Mike Hopkins said in a news release. “We’ve been following him for a long time, and it’s great to have another hometown player come back to Seattle and represent our team. We’ll benefit from his experience immediately in practice and look forward to him being able to play in a year.”
The news was first reported last week by Jon Rothstein at CBS Sports, and the university announced the signing Thursday morning.
The 20-year-old Brooks is a native of Newport, R.I., and returning to Seattle makes sense considering Washington will likely need help on the front line in 2020-21.
The Huskies are bringing in Federal Way High star Jaden McDaniels and Rochester, N.Y., standout Isaiah Stewart — a pair of five-star forwards who are expected to be lottery picks in next year’s NBA draft.
Conceivably, Brooks would compete for a starting spot as a redshirt sophomore in 2020 with Hameir Wright, Bryan Penn-Johnson and Nate Roberts.
In 28 games last season, Brooks averaged 2.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 8.2 minutes with the Trojans. He shot 44.2 percent from the field and 35.3 percent (6 of 17) on three-pointers.
At Garfield, Brooks averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds as a senior during the 2017-18 season, helping the Bulldogs to the Class 3A state title. He was voted first-team All-Metro League and Co-Defensive Player of the Year, as well as being named to the Class 3A Associated Press All-State first team.
Brooks was ranked No. 76 nationally by Rivals, No. 83 by 247 Sports and No. 84 on ESPN’s top 100 list in 2018.
The four-star prospect was considered a Husky favorite before UW replaced Lorenzo Romar with Mike Hopkins.
Reportedly, Brooks also had scholarship offers from California, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and St. John’s.