A few days after giving a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State, Washington transfer Jernard Jarreau decided to return home to New Orleans and play for the Tulane men’s basketball team.
“At the end of the day, I just thought it was the best situation for me and a better fit for me,” Jarreau told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I get a chance to redeem myself in my city and come back home and play in front of my family and friends and try to turn that program around at Tulane. I feel like they deserve it and I deserve it.”
Jarreau was the District 10-4A Player of the Year in 2011 after averaging 17.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game at McDonogh 35 High. The former three-star prospect redshirted his first year at Washington and played three seasons that beset with knee injuries.
The 6-10 redshirt junior forward is scheduled to graduate in June and will be immediately eligible to play for the Green Wave next season. He could petition the NCAA for a medical waiver and a sixth season.
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Meanwhile, former Husky guard Darin Johnson has landed at Cal-State Northridge.
“We’re so happy to add Darin to the Matador family,” coach Reggie Theus said in a statement released by the team. “It’s a great gift for us and an amazing opportunity for him. Darin has a very quick step, is strong, gets to the rim quickly, is a good mid-range shooter and his style of play will fit in perfectly at CSUN.”
It’s also a homecoming of sorts for Johnson, a Sacramento native who starred at Sheldon High. The 6-4 sophomore guard will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Johnson, who was considered a four-star prospect by Rivals and Scout, never found a role with the Huskies. His scoring average dipped from 5.9 points per game as a freshman to 4.4 during the 2014-15 season. He struggled offensively while shooting 29.9 percent from the floor and 18.6 percent on three-pointers.
Jernard and Johnson were two of four players who left Washington after the season. Sophomore guard Nigel Williams-Goss transferred to cross-state rival Gonzaga and junior center Gilles Dierickx will finish his career at Division II Seattle Pacific University.
— Seattle University men’s basketball assistant Mike Nowell died Monday night at Virginia Mason Medical Center, the school announced. Nowell had been a fixture in the Seattle basketball community. He coached at Garfield High and the summer AAU team Seattle Rotary before joining the Redhawks last August.
“Our family lost a great man,” SU coach Cameron Dollar said in a release by the school. “Coach Mike was as quality a person I have ever been around. It was an honor and a privilege to work with him.”
Nowell is survived by his wife Lanie and his sons Shane and Jaylen, a standout junior guard who led Garfield to a 2015 Class 3A state title.