Strong UW class now has cornerstone

Dejounte Murray is a huge commitment for Washington. What does he offer the Huskies as a player and what does his commitment mean for Washington's 2015 recruiting class?

With Dejounte Murray's commitment to Washington, Lorenzo Romar now has three important pieces to his 2015 recruiting class, which projects as his best in several years.

The 6-foot-5, 175-pound Seattle Rainier Beach shooting guard, currently ranked 46th by but due for a small bump upward, is one of the nation's best scoring wings and is still just scratching the surface of what he could be.

He has good size for the position with long arms and a lean frame that is still devoid of too much muscle; he's extremely physically immature and as he gets stronger, his athleticism and production should just keep improving.

You really like Murray for his scoring ability. He's a capable three-point shooter off both the catch and pull, while he's able to score from midrange with a floater.

Off the dribble, Murray has a quick first step, outstanding body control and with one dribble and two steps can usually get where he wants on the court. A versatile wing, Murray will be able to play and defend both the two and three at the next level.

On defense he has impeccable timing and racks up multiple deflections a game. Athletically, Murray is gifted both laterally and vertically, as he can finish well above the rim but also moves his feet well on defense.

Murray is already a very good player now and is a Top 50 prospect nationally, but could without question end up much higher than that at the end of the day given the fact that he's really on a low point in his ultimate development curve.

The four-star prospect joins Marquese Chriss - who will be in's next Top 50 - and David Crisp, who is due for a bump to four stars next rankings.

All three players complement each other well. Crisp is a combo guard that will be a big time three-point shooter in Seattle, opening up the perimeter defense for Murray to be at his best as a slasher.

Inside will be Chriss, an elite leaper who can score on putbacks or facing up as a shooter. He fits right into Romar's up and down style of play.

While Washington's coaching staff isn't yet done in 2015, this class is already its best on paper since 2010, when it had three four-star prospects in Terrence Ross, Aziz Ndiaye and Desmond Simmons.

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