Webster Gives These Dawgs Their Day

The University of Washington has completed its haul. On Thursday, No. 9 prospect Martell Webster gave Huskies fans one of the greatest gifts of all.

How's this for a statement? Think Martell Webster is important to the Washington Huskies? "With Martell, this is the biggest day for University of Washington Husky basketball in its history," Seattle Friends of Hoop coach Jim Marsh said.

Wow, now there's something you don't read everyday. Martell Webster, a 6-foot-6 gazelle athlete and pure shooter out of Seattle Prep, committed to the Huskies Thursday afternoon.

The commitment is the second likely McDonald's All-American for the Huskies in the last three days. Jon Brockman, the rocky steady power forward out of Snohomish, got it started earlier in the week.

Webster spent the better part of last season on the shelf with an assortment of foot injuries. He labored through the summer, slowly working himself back into shape to the point where now those who have seen him in recent weeks are whispering about the Martell of old.

"When healthy and he's close, he has a game worthy of the No. 1 player in America," Marsh said. "He's got great range, great quickness, a great release and terrific jumping ability. He's smart beyond smart on the court."

Romar certainly must be aware of the possibility of losing Webster to say ... the Sonics. But, nonetheless, this is a big time commitment and a statement for the program. Martell is the luxury recruit for what is going to be a sweet haul for the Huskies.

"I think Coach Romar quickly goes to the head of the Class in terms of getting recruits for 2005 along with Bill Self from Kansas. You're talking about arguably the best player in America and arguably the best power forward in America."

And it goes without saying that this was one of the best recruiting jobs by a staff in America.

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