Husky Hoops Gets More Good News

The University of Washington Basketball program just got some more good news, as Marquese Chriss, a 6-foot-8 power forward prospect from Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, Calif., verbally committed to Washington Monday night.

"I made my decision to verbally commit to the University of Washington," Chriss told via text after talking with his parents about the decision. He talked to his Mom about it after he returned home from his trip and then he talked to UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar Monday night.

"I started off nonchalant and then I talked to him kind of how I talk to my family and I just told him, 'Looks like I'm going to be going to Washington'," Chriss said. "(Romar) got happy. Then we talked a little bit more. I enjoyed it.

"I just thought it was a good fit for me. If I don't end up playing basketball - God forbid something happens - I want to become an engineer and they have a good engineering program that I saw when I went down there.

"It made it that much sweeter because they have a good coaching staff, good trainers, and good facilities…everything's there. It would be kind of foolish for me to pass it by."

Chriss, who chose UW over serious interest from USC and Vanderbilt, among others, was on an official visit to Montlake this past weekend, watching the Huskies defeat No. 15 Colorado Sunday afternoon.

"I got in Friday afternoon at noon," Chriss said, recounting his trip. "I went to the gym and watched the practice and then after practice we went to dinner and then went to one of the player's rooms."

Chriss said they went to the Metropolitan Grill for dinner. He had a New York strip. He also noticed a lot of Seattle Seahawks fans in the restaurant. "We were in the Met (the fans) were yelling. It was really loud. When they left it got real quiet," he joked.

"(Saturday) I woke up and went to the school and then walked around and looked around the school. Then I met the director of athletics and I met the tutor, the lady who handles all the tutoring and stuff. Then they had practice and we went to dinner. They went to their hotel rooms and I went with them for a little bit. Then they watched film."

Chriss was asked about the weather for his visit. "It was fine," he said. "I didn't mind because it was real dry when I was up there so it wasn't all that different."

How about the game? "They did real good," said Chriss. "They changed things up in the second half. They started to play harder. They played more together. It was shocking when that kid got hurt in the first half."

Chriss then had one more meal with the players and coaches, and then it was off to the airport to go home.

So what stood out during the visit that helped Chriss come to his decision? "The game, and hanging out with the players," he said. "They have different personalities, so there isn't one that really stood out."

He also mentioned how Romar treated the players as a big plus in his book. "It's good to know that the coach has your back," said Chriss.

Chriss' stepfather was also on the visit. "He automatically loved it because he's from Tacoma," said Chriss.

Chriss joins Rainier Beach point guard David Crisp as verbal commits for the UW Hoops class of 2015.

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And HERE is another article on Chriss's commitment, from ScoutHoops' Josh Gershon.

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