Top 2015 UW Target Set For Visit

With official trips for football prospects right around the corner, that doesn't mean recruits from other sports aren't checking out Washington right now. One of those recruits taking an official visit to Montlake this weekend is Marquese Chriss, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, Calif. has Chriss as one of the top UW Hoops targets for 2015.

"Chriss is one of the most athletic prospects out west in 2015 and a kid with some serious potential," Josh Gershon told Friday morning. Gershon is a Basketball Recruiting Analyst for, and Scout currently has Chriss ranked as the No. 13 power forward in America.

"A face-up four, Chriss has good length and exceptional bounce; he's like a pogo stick with how quickly he gets off the ground. Offensively, Chriss can hit a three-pointer off the catch or take a one or two-dribble pull-up from midrange, but he also scores a lot of points on the offensive glass. He's got to commit himself to developing a back to the basket game.

"Defensively, he's a terrific shot blocker whose springiness and timing allow him to rack up deflections. He also uses that athleticism and timing to grab defensive rebounds. Chriss is a pretty thin kid and will need to get stronger, and will need to keep working on his handle, but all together he's a kid with a lot of potential."

In a recent interview with, Chriss said that three schools - Washington, USC, and Vanderbilt - were showing him the most interest at this point, and the Washington trip is his first official visit. Will it be his last?

In 2015, only Jernard Jarreau, Robert Upshaw, and Gilles Dierickx will remain of the front-line players currently at Washington. Gone will be Perris Blackwell, Shawn Kemp, and Desmond Simmons. The Huskies already have signed forward Tristan Etienne from Abbotsford, BC to a letter of intent for 2014, but there's always a need for skilled big men and it's clear Chriss is a priority for the UW staff.

We'll have more from Marquese Sunday once he returns home from his visit.

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