Bryan-Amaning Headed West

Matthew-Bryan Amaning never had the intention of committing on his visit this weekend. He had planned on going through the process and then choosing. However, the England native and 6-foot-9 junior forward decided that he knew exactly where he wanted to be upon graduating from South Kent (Conn.).

Matthew Bryan-Amaning hadn't planned on making his decision this quickly, but the England native and South Kent (Conn.) junior forward didn't want to waste anyone else's time.

Amaning decided to commit to Washington on an unofficial visit to the northwest this weekend.

``I knew it was right for me," Amaning said from the Seattle airport on Saturday. ``Everything about it felt right."

``It's the perfect place," added South Kent coach Raphael Chillious. "Everything fell into place. Lorenzo (Romar) has a proven record of taking players like Matthew, who have a chance to be super, and helping them get there."

Amaning also considered Pittsburgh and Wake Forest.

However, at the end of the day, Amaning just decided that the overall package – including the playing style – suited him the best.

``The way they play, it'll be perfect," Chillious added. "He saw how they are going to use him and it's exactly what he wants."

One of the keys for Amaning was the fact that he already had a previous relationship with Huskies freshman big man Spencer Hawes, who took him around the campus and the surrounding area. He also felt comfortable with the staff and a few of the players (Joel Smith, Harvey Perry, Joe Wolfinger) because of their prep school ties.

``I like the campus and the atmosphere," Amaning said. "I also have a friend from England who plays volleyball there. I got a chance to play with the guys and hang with them on campus."

``It's just a real good fit for me," he added.

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