Marquese Chriss will step right into Washington's program with the opportunity to play big minutes right away. What will he provide for the Huskies?
One of the best 2015 recruiting jobs on the West Coast in the cycle came from Washington
when the Huskies landed an early commitment from Marquese Chriss
A 6-foot-8, 205-pound power forward from Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove, Chriss is one of the top four men in the region, which the Huskies staff took note of.
Washington offered Chriss one of his first scholarships, prioritized him and landed him before others had the chance to evaluate him and, inevitably, offer him.
Chriss had a nice senior season and continues to track as a guy who should be a successful player in Seattle.
He's got good size at 6-foot-8, very long arms and is an explosive athlete who is going to be a tough player to stop in transition given how effortlessly he runs the floor, jumps and finishes above the rim.
That will be a matchup problem for other players his size and something that will fit right into Lorenzo Romar's system.
Chriss has terrific timing as a shot blocker and rebounder. Given his size, length and athleticism, those are two areas he has the ability to specialize in at the next level.
He's still raw offensively as a scorer but given his upside and youth - he's on the very young spectrum of the class - it's not too big of a concern at this point. He can knock down open jumpers but will have to keep improving as a scorer.
While Chriss can certainly take other four men off the dribble, he's not someone who is necessarily going to put the ball on the ground a ton at first. He'll need to add to his back to the basket game as well, unless he can become a shooting specialist as a stretch four.
Chris has really advanced as a passer and his ability to find cutters from the high post and perimeter will serve Washington's offense well.
Besides continuing to advance offensively, Chriss will need to learn to play with maximum effort all the time, while continuing to get stronger. In fact, you could argue that there will be a strong correlation between the development of Chriss' motor and his ultimate success at Washington.
Either way, this was an important pickup for Washington and given the Huskies' lack of front court depth, Chriss will have every opportunity to be a big part of his team early in his career.