UW recruits shine at Nike EBYL Session #2

DALLAS, Tex. - Over the weekend at Fieldhouse USA, four prospects with high interest in Washington were on display for the second session of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. Brandon Ashley, Richard Peters, Jabari Parker and Jabari Bird showed why they are elite players that would fit right in with the Huskies' style of play.

Brandon Ashley (2012) - The long-armed, 6-foot-8 power forward plays above the rim. Ashley loves to attack the bucket, and also has a back-to-the-basket game, a dying breed these days in basketball. An instant impact performer on offense, the big man would fit right in with UW's aggressive style.

Defensively, any team trying to penetrate to the rim would have trouble against Ashley's length, and not too many big men can run the court like Brandon. Overall, Ashley is a legit high-major prospect who is very explosive and versatile. If the Dawgs can land Ashley, the fans would see an athletic big man who impacts the game on both ends of the floor from the get-go, arguably the first player to do that in the Romar era.

Richard Peters (2011/2012) – I didn't recognize Peters at first until after the game. He was listed in the EYBL program at 6-foot-10. His classification is still a tossup; he's working hard to become eligible for the 2011-12 season. Washington needs a big man this year, and Peters would be a good addition. The Canadian - via the Caribbean - is a rugged player who loves to bang down low and bump shoulders with other big men.

For a big, his hands are pretty good. The former Oklahoma commit likes to rebound, and has a 10-foot mid-range jump shot that isn't bad but still needs work to become a consistent threat. Peters has told Dawgman.com before that he wants to sign with Washington - it's now just a matter of which class he academically qualifies for. It would be nice to see him at Montlake in the fall, but the chances are strong that his college eligibility will begin 18 months from now. If Peters can get his schooling squared away right now, it would be a great get for the Huskies, especially for those times when Aziz N'diaye gets in foul trouble.

Jabari Parker (2013) – Jabari Parker is the real deal! He is a 6-foot-8 wing that loves to work with the ball in his hands. Weight loss has improved Parker's athleticism. Not too many people can handle the rock like Jabari for his size.

Interestingly, he is more comfortable on the wing than in the post. When Parker is playing the post, he loves to go to his fade-away jumper. The release is so high, defenders have a hard time blocking it. Parker is also an effective rebounder and shot-blocker. Lorenzo Romar has known Parker and his family for a long time, and it will be interesting to see how their relationship will affect Jabari's future college decision. Not too many people at his size can do what he does; Parker can do a little bit of everything, and would be an instant impact player for the Huskies.

Jabari Bird (2013) – Bird is probably the most underrated prospect looking at UW right now, although he still is just a sophomore. He plays his high school ball at Salesian High School in Richmond, Calif. - the alma mater of current UW forward Desmond Simmons. One of the best shooters in his class, the kid has a jump shot that looks good even when it doesn't go in. A nice defender, Jabari has the complete game.

One of the most consistent players in the class of 2013, Bird's summer could be a very busy one. He can finish down low strong and likes slashing to the rim. On defense, Bird is an active player who likes to get into the passing lanes for steals. Romar loves long wings, and Bird would fit right in with Washington's style of play.

The possibility of the Huskies landing Bird, Parker, and Peters is high.

One thing for sure - Romar is a hard-nosed recruiter, and is going hard at some top notch talent across the country. Although the coaching staff has struck out more than a couple times in recruiting. They are bound to hit a couple home runs here soon.

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