Brandon Roy to UDub

One of the best players in the west, wing Brandon Roy from Seattle, had some pretty high-profile programs after him. He ultimately decided to stay close to home...

Brandon Roy, 6-4 SR SF, Seattle (Wash.) Garfield, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Washington.

Roy, the #2-ranked small forward on the west coast and one of the best players overall in the west coast senior class, surprised some when he signed with Washington on Saturday.

The talented wing had been thought to be leaning toward waiting to the spring to sign because of potential problems in qualifying academically. He was also getting some heavy attention, particularly toward the end, from Arizona.

Washington announced his signing Saturday. The early signing period officially ended on Wednesday, but Roy's letter of intent is legal and binding because he signed and dated it on Nov. 21 before announcing his decision on Saturday.

Roy, who averaged 18.7 points as a junior, joins a Husky recruiting class that includes Garfield teammate Anthony Washington, the 6-9 PF who committed to the Huskies last year but didn't qualify academically and signed another NLI on Wednesday.

"We're delighted to have Brandon join our program," Washington Head Coach Bob Bender said.  "I feel Brandon is one of the premier players in the nation.  His play during the summer positioned him among the elite players.The future for him is unlimited.  He can do so many different things and play so many different positions.  We're glad to have the opportunity to coach Brandon and watch him develop even further as a player."

Besides Arizona, Roy was also considering Gonzaga and Oregon.

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