UW looks long-term with hoops commit

Scout.com was able to confirm via text Friday morning that Jernard Jarreau, a 6-foot-10 power forward from New Orleans, has verbally committed to the Washington Huskies over Virginia Commonwealth, and is expected to sign with the Huskies during the early signing period. Jarreau, who grew over six inches since the beginning of his freshman year in high school, could be a long-term bonanza.

Dave Telep, Director of Basketball Scouting for Scout.com, first saw Jarreau walking out of a gym two years ago, and the look test alone had Telep curious.

"I didn't get a chance to watch him play, so I searched high and low for him all year and came to find out he was hurt," Telep told Dawgman.com on Friday. "I was able to see him again this summer.

"I think he's a long ways from a finished product. But he's a very long, skilled kid who can run the floor and has good instincts as a shot-blocker. I think he's a hell of a long-term stock."

Because Jarreau didn't play his junior year, he's really flown under the radar. That, and his rapid growth from guard to 6-foot-10 power forward means the Huskies will have to allow Jarreau to develop at his own pace.

"He may need a redshirt year," Telep said. "At this level, he's an impact guy for a team like Virginia Commonwealth, but Washington has to invest some time in him - but I believe he could be a fruitful long-term stock."

Besides his length, Telep said he can shoot the basketball, and that's not all. "His skill set is everything from playing facing the basket, to passing the basketball to having good defensive instincts," he said of Jarreau. "If (Washington) are taking him with the long-term in mind - which I believe they are - I think he could pay dividends down the road."

We'll have more - including Jarreau's own thoughts about making the decision to play his college ball in Seattle - later on today.

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