Impact Report - Perris Blackwell

SEATTLE - The Washington Men's Basketball team received some big news on the recruiting front Monday morning, when USF center Perris Blackwell announced his intentions to transfer to UW this fall. Blackwell is a 6-foot-9, 260-pound center hailing from Etiwanda, Calif.

In three season with the Dons, he emerged as one of the top post players in the West Coast Conference, earning honorable mention all conference honors last season after averaging 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds in 26 minutes per game.

Blackwell is a big bodied post in the mold of Jamaal Williams. He's not an explosive athlete and does most of his damage beneath the rim, but he possesses excellent hands, good footwork and a natural scoring touch the Huskies have missed since Jon Brockman graduated three years ago. Blackwell uses his significant girth to gain position in the paint. He collected 14 points and 10 rebounds despite being guarded by 7-foot WCC defensive player of the year Robert Sacre back in February when the Dons beat Gonzaga by a point.

In a loss to Washington State in the first round of the CBI, Blackwell tallied 12 points and 7 boards. In 2010 versus Washington, he outmuscled the Huskies for 17 points and 7 rebounds in 31 minutes.

Though he'll be required to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules, his presence in the lineup in 2013 fills a glaring need. With Aziz N'diaye graduating at the end of the 2012-13 season, the Huskies had some big shoes to fill. A rotation of Blackwell and would-be junior Shawn Kemp gives the Huskies two big offensive-minded bodies in the paint, as well as room for probably one more body in the meantime if the Huskies feel it's a need.

Factor in promising young forwards Desmond Simmons, Martin Bruenig and Jernard Jarreau and the Huskies have the makings of a solid, if unspectacular post rotation.

As recruiting shifts to 2013, Washington will be able to pitch a veteran core to potential prospects. An early projected starting lineup of Andrew Andrews, C.J. Wilcox, Mark McLaughlin, Simmons and Blackwell sure has the feel of a game-tested group loaded with experience. It may not be the glamorous lineup the Huskies just put on the floor this past season with two expected NBA first rounders, but from the standpoint of the college game it's certainly a competitive roster.

With the recruitment of potential superstars like Aaron Gordon, Jabari Bird and Jabari Parker shifting into high gear, it's not as if Romar is shying away from spotlight players and kids that could be real game-changers.

But as he has talked about in the past, the only way a team littered with burger boys makes any sort of lasting impact on the national hoops scene is when they are helped and mentored by program vets. And by all accounts, Blackwell should be one of those program vets by the time the 2013-14 season rolls around.

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