Duruisseau Makes Purple and Gold Pledge

In a bit of a recruiting twist, Devenir Duruisseau verbally committed to Washington Monday for men's basketball. It's an interesting move, because UW also got a verbal commitment from juco post Malik Dime Monday. It's already been a busy day, but Duruisseau took time to discuss his move with Dawgman.com. His pledge eliminates a possible return for recently departed frosh forward Tristan Etienne.

Devenir Duruisseau is a 6-8, 240-pound power forward who is playing at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Virginia. As a senior at Sylmar High in Los Angeles, Duruisseau said he averaged 18 and 10, with 2 blocks and 1 steal a game. He originally committed to San Jose State. "I'm backing out of that and decided to go to prep school," he told Dawgman.com. He will be a true freshman for 2015 at Washington.

Duruisseau chose Washington over Arizona State, California, and Colorado. He took a visit to UW last weekend under the cloak of darkness. In fact, it's safe to say his recruitment in general has been extremely low-key. "Usually I just keep calling the coaches and everyone understands my privacy, but everything was under the radar," he said. "When I went to Colorado last weekend, it was under the radar. Just between us and stuff like that. It's all over with now."

What stood out on his visit? "Going to Salty's overlooking the city into the Seattle port. Just overall, just something that I'm not used to, and that helped make my decision," said Duruisseau. He went with his Mother and coach Romar. "I got a lot of talapia. I got all the fishes and crabs. I'm a seafood guy."

Apparently it was a family meal, as Duruisseau and Romar are related. "Coach Romar is my cousin," he said. "We built a strong relationship the last two years. It's great. I can come to him for anything, just like I can come to my Mom, or anybody. He made me feel welcome. That's what family is for."

Duruisseau also checked out one of Washington's practices. "I think Nigel (Williams-Goss) and Robert (Upshaw) are going to be the most talked about on the team," he said. "This year they are going to be really great, and then next year with the incoming freshmen I'll say within the next couple years we should be one of the dominant Pac-12 schools just off what I see in practice. I know Marquese Chriss, who is committed to Washington. Just seeing all the size and the talent we have - it's going to be special, very special."

What about his self-scout? "(I am a) Great low post, physical player, can step out and hit the shot when open, take my man off the first dribble...overall, just a physical post," he told Dawgman.

If it's a tie game late and Duruisseau has the ball - does he want it inside or outside the paint? "I want it in the post, because I can either score or create the foul and knock down those free throws," he said.

The Huskies have linked Duruisseau's game to a past hoop dawg that will get the fans' attention. "They have a player a player not too many years ago named Jon Brockman," he said. "They say I have a similar game to where I can post up. He was very physical down low. That guy wasn't backing down from anyone. We all watched film on him during the time I was there and (Romar) compares me to him. I can be a floor leader for the bigs, stuff like that."

Any final thoughts from Duruisseau? "I'm just really looking forward to coming down and winning games," he said. "That's pretty much what it is."

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