The word from reliable sources around the prep hoops scene in Seattle is that Kent likes Haskins' Xs and Os savvy and outstanding track record as a mentor and role model for young men, while Haskins believes Washington State could be the right next step in his career.
It is not known what the timing is for Haskins to make a decision or who all WSU may be looking at for the second staff opening. CF.C has yet to connect with Haskins for comment.
Haskins has been a coaching fixture in Seattle for nearly two decades, the last nine as head coach at perennial state powerhouse Garfield High. He has mentored a long list of notables, including Jamal Crawford, Terrance Williams, Nate Robinson and Tony Wroten.
As a head coach and assistant he has won five state championships. This past season, he led Garfield to a runner-up Class 3A state finish (behind the No. 1-ranked prep team in the nation, Nathan Hale).
Two of Haskins’ seniors on that GHS team — Daejon Davis and Jaylen Nowell — are ranked among the nation’s top 100 prep prospects in the current recruiting cycle and junior J’Raan Brooks, who holds a WSU offer, is rated a top 100 player for the 2018 recruiting cycle.
Davis recently asked for and received a release from the NLI he inked with Washington during the early signing period last November and just announced on Saturday that he will sign with Stanford when the regular signing period commences April 12.
Nowell also signed with Washington in the early period and has made no public pronouncements about seeking a release in the wake of Lorenzo Romar’s firing. His father, the late Mike Nowell, was an assistant coach at Garfield with Haskins before joining the staff at Seattle University in 2014.
Haskins, as we noted in this story last week, is no stranger to Washington State.
He was a student there in 1992-93 and practiced some with Kelvin Sampson's Cougars and his older brother, the late Aaron Haskins, was a Cougar mainstay under George Raveling from 1979-83.
Haskins, 44, is a graduate of Eastern Washington University and Clover Park High near Tacoma. He is known in Seattle basketball circles as a teacher with a heady approach to Xs and Os and love of high-pressure defense.
WSU announced on March 27 that assistant coaches Greg Graham and Silvey Dominguez — both of whom came to WSU when Kent was hired three years ago — would not be returning to the staff. Curtis Allen, an assistant coach Kent retained from Ken Bone’s staff, is the only assistant on staff right now.
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