Commitment Impact: Malik Dime

Washington earned a coveted commit for men's basketball Monday when junior college post Malik Dime chose the Huskies over offers from Arkansas, Iowa State, Rutgers, Arizona State, Cincinnati, and Creighton. He announced his decision on his personal Twitter account.

"Blessed to announce that I commited to play basketball at the University Of Washington ??Thx to everyone that supported me #huskynation #woof," Dime said, making his notice official.

Dime is an athletic 6-foot-10 power-forward from Senegal, by way of Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. He's a high energy, shot blocking post player who swatted nearly three shots a game as a sophomore while scoring 7.7 points and grabbing 4.2 boards in just 11 minutes a night.

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar, riding a waive of recruiting momentum, put the finishing touches on his 2015 class with a player who suddenly became much more important when Canadian big man Tristan Etienne announced he was leaving the team for personal reasons last week.

Juco scout Brad Winton recently said this of Malik Dime:

“Malik Dime is a long and active four man who is very mobile. He runs the floor very well, which allows him to beat slower post players in transition. Dime has very good timing on the defensive end and blocks/alters plenty of shots and is a very good weak side defender. He gets on the glass on both ends. He is very athletic for his size and excels in an uptempo system. Dime is a quick/explosive jumper, which allows him to finish in transition and in a half court setting. 

“He gets most of his points when perimeter players get in the paint off the dribble, make the post players collapse and then distribute to him. He also scores off of put backs/tip ins. Dime needs to continue to develop his back to the basket post game and continue to add strength. He has plenty of upside and should continue to develop at a quick pace.”

Offensively, Dime is a bit on the raw side. He moved to the US from Africa in 2011, where he first picked up a basketball. Not surprisingly, his back to the basket skills are limited, though his upside is high. Regardless of the need for offensive development, Romar needs intimidating rim protectors, and he's found one in Dime.

Washington's front court will look very different next season, but based on Winton's description, it isn't hard to see how Dime will fit in: An athletic, energetic, shot-blocking defender who loves to get up and down in transition. That's a Lorenzo Romar big. Shawn Kemp graduate this spring, and there's a decent likelihood of other roster moves as well, meaning the Huskies needed a front-court player who can contribute immediately. Dime fits the bill. The 2015 front court situation is too cloudy to speculate what his role might be, but it's safe to say he'll play - Probably a lot.

The lanky, 220 pound Dime will be a junior when he joins a Washington recruiting class already bristling with athletes. It's a class that rates as potentially the best in the program's history, not to mention the most athletic. It's also a class that's extremely balanced, sporting its own 'Fab Five'. The Huskies scored two combo guards in 6-foot-5 Dejounte Murray and 6-foot David Crisp, and three bouncy forwards in the 6-foot-10 Dime, 6-foot-9 Marquese Chriss, and 6-foot-7 Matisse Thybulle. There's versatility amongst these five players. and they're joining an established roster with talented veterans of a similar ilk.

With breaking news of another 2015 post commitment, Waynesboro (Va.) Fishburne Military School post Devenir Duruisseau, as well as 5-star, 6-foot-7 Canadian point guard Jermaine Haley already in the bag for 2016, the Huskies' recruiting efforts are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Congratulations to Malik Dime and his family, with a hearty welcome from the purple and gold faithful. Welcome to Husky Nation.

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