Thybulle Talks UW Commitment

Matisse Thybulle, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, Wash. made his verbal commitment to Washington public Monday evening via Twitter, adding his name to an already star-studded 2015 recruiting class for the purple and gold.

"I decided that I'm going to play at the University of Washington," Thybulle told shortly after tweeting his announcement to the world. "(The recruiting process) got stressful for a little bit, I'm not going to lie. Being able to have my family there to support me and all my mentors and finally narrowing it down between U-Dub and Gonzaga and then taking this final visit to make up my's a lot of weight off my shoulders and now I can just be excited and I can work toward being the best player I can at the University of Washington."

Thybulle said he made his final decision Sunday during a meeting with his family. "They were all excited, because U-Dub is the school I grew up watching and I grew up with them going to the game," he said. "They were just really excited to know that I was going to be staying close to home so they can watch all the games that they want."

Then late Monday afternoon he made the call to Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar that he wanted to be a Hoop Dawg. "I told him straight up," said Thybulle. "(Romar) was excited."

In the end, why did Thybulle choose the Huskies over the Bulldogs? "It was probably coach Romar's track record with guys like me and my build and skill set and what he does with them - which is basically put them in the NBA," he said. "And then also that's a school I grew up rooting for and watching and everything like that. Finally, it's great to be as close to home as possible, to be with my Mom and Dad and my sister. They can still feel like they're a part of my basketball career without having to travel too far."

For the Washington 2015 recruiting class, Thybulle joins two Rainier Beach products - Dejounte Murray and David Crisp - as well as NorCal power forward Marquese Chriss. All four players are rated four star talents by "Having all of us in one place and the team that's already there - just looking around and seeing the guys who would be surrounding me and what kind of talent we kind of amazed me to think we could all be playing with the same jersey on with the same goal...and we could do some pretty great things," Thybulle said.

With his decision out of the way, will he start recruiting younger players for the Huskies? "I haven't thought about it too much but I know there's a couple guys I could start looking out for," he said. One of those players could be Keith Smith, one of his NWXpress teammates. "He's going to be a problem for a lot of teams, now that he's at Rainier Beach," Thybulle said of the 6-foot-7 guard.

Thybulle said he'll celebrate today's decision with a quiet dinner with his family, but he did want to leave Washington Basketball fans with these words.

"Go Dawgs! I'm excited to be part of the family now."

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