Jon Brockman: It's Official

Jon Brockman made it official at a news conference and, as learned on Sunday, the rugged Washington native decided to remain at home.

When it came down to it, Jon Brockman wanted to play in front of his friends and family.

The Snohomish High (Wash.) 6-7 senior power forward, who was arguably the country's top performer this past spring and summer, committed to Washington at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.

The learned on Sunday that Brockman had placed calls to both Washington and Duke of his intentions.

Brockman, who also considered Duke at the end of the process, said that the Huskies wouldn't have gotten a commitment from him had they not had so much success under coach Lorenzo Romar last season.

``That was huge because Washington was always on my list before last season," Brockman said. "I always liked them, but they hadn't had much success so it would have been hard for me to go there. But after the season they had, they showed a bright enough future and Coach Romar proved he could really coach."

Brockman was also looking at UCLA, Gonzaga, North Carolina and Arizona during the summer, but the hard-working and relentless big man trimmed his list to Washington, Duke and UCLA shortly after the summer.

Brockman joins a formidable class that already includes point guard Justin Dentmon, an Illinois native spending the season at Winchendon (Mass.), strong guard Harvey Perry, who hails from Las Vegas and is prepping at Brewster Academy (N.H.), and 6-6 wing Roburt Sallie, a big-time shooter from Valley High in Sacramento who is at Laurinburg Institute (N.C.), and big man Artem Wallace, a 6-8 banger from Toledo High (Wash.).

The final piece to the puzzle is likely to be Brockman's summer teammate for the past five years, 6-6 swingman Martell Webster, who is expected to give Romar the official word he's joining Brockman any day now.

``It would be awesome if we both ended up at Washington, but he needs to do what's best for him," Brockman said.

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