2017 Washington Prospect Spring Preview

Washington landed a monster 2015 recruiting class, and part of that was due to making sure the top local kids stayed home. With one eye firmly planted on the next crop of local talent for 2016, who are the rising sophomores - the 2017 studs - that the Huskies need to focus on?

Jaylen Nowell 6’4” Garfield/Seattle Rotary: The word is out on the superlative Garfield combo-guard, who is regarded as one of the top college prospects in the country. Physically he possesses elite athleticism with long arms and a sculpted frame. Nowell is a complete player offensively, and plays with maturity beyond his years. He's a throwback, poised with the ball in his hands, an excellent ball-handler, and suave passer. He shoots a brilliant mid-range pull-up jumper which he consistently buries. His three-point range has improved considerably over the last year as well, and he's a deadly penetrator and finisher with a blazing quick first step. Defensively, though occasionally inconsistent, Nowell uses his athleticism and quickness effectively and has the potential to be a lock-down defender in the long-term. Nowell currently holds offers from Washington and Seattle University, with interest from Arizona, Stanford, Texas, and Oregon State, among others.

Corey Kispert 6’6” Kings/Friends of Hoop: Kispert is a muscular, knock down shooter with an NBA three-point stroke from 1A Kings - a small private school north of Seattle. He's powerfully built with broad shoulders, though he's still learning to use his body to his advantage. Off the pick and pop, he's a peerless shooter at his grade level locally, and demands constant defensive attention beyond the three point line. He's a deceptively easy leaper, and finishes well-timed alley-oops with an emphatic two-handed flush. He's quite comfortable with the ball in his hands as well. He’s an above average floor manager, ball handler and distributor who makes smart decisions. Defensively, Kispert plays with energy, though he lacks high level quickness. He's a banger in the paint, and puts his strong body and above-average hops to good use. In terms of areas for improvement, he needs to improve his first step and be more of a threat off the dribble attacking the basket with more confidence. Kispert currently has an offer from Washington.

Daejon Davis 6’3” Lakeside/Seattle Rotary: “Jon Jon" as he is now called in Seattle, is a superbly athletic point guard prospect from Seattle's Lakeside. He's a high IQ distributor, gifted with the ball in his hands, and extremely unselfish, setting up teammates with smart, creative passes. He's a nimble penetrator, unfazed by larger defenders and is a powerful, high-rising finisher. Davis is an advanced, energetic defender who takes great pride on that aspect of his game. He also shows great instincts as a shot blocker. At this point in his development, his jump shot is a work in progress and needs improvement in that regard to complete the package, but there's no denying his immense long-term potential. Davis currently holds an offer from Washington.

Roberto Gittens 6'3 Foss/NW Panthers: Gittens is a bull of a shooting guard prospect from the Tacoma area. Another powerfully built, high-rising guard, Gittens is physically advanced slasher who excels at drawing and finishing through contact. Gittens boasts solid handles and has a quality mid-range and three-point stroke to accompany his impressive penetration skills. He's an strong standing leaper, and that trait - coupled with his a long wing-span - makes him an imposing presence on the glass, as well as on the defensive end. Gittens has the attention of several mid- and high-major programs, including Washington, Arizona and Seattle University.

Trevon Ary-Turner 6’3” Issaquah/Seattle Rotary: Ary-Turner burst on the scene during the 2014 4A state tournament with his incredible poise, flashy handle and deep three-point range. The talented prospect has matured quite a bit over the last 12 months, despite being set back by a high ankle sprain that hampered him for much of the high school season. He's sure handed with the ball and features a quick first step. His lateral quickness isn't what it was previously, which is likely due to the bum ankle. He is a high percentage three-point shooter and spends much of his time hovering around the perimeter. He needs to broaden his offensive skills closer to the cup. Ary-Turner has an offer from Washington.

Collin Welp 6’8” Seattle Prep/EBC: Welp is a developing stretch-four who emerged as a potential D1 prospect after a string of solid State Tournament performances. He's a high IQ player, the son of late UW Hall of Famer Christian Welp. Welp has a maturing face-up game and shoots the ball confidently from mid-range. Though just an average athlete, Welp shows good footwork, high, soft hands and a variety of moves with his back to the basket. His recruitment should pick up steam this spring with several D1 programs monitoring his development.

Londrell Hamilton 5'10” Lincoln/Team Brandon Roy: Hamilton is a slippery point guard prospect from Tacoma's Lincoln High School. Though undersized, he's primarily a distributor. He’s a whiz with the ball with tremendous body control and tight handle, dishing eye-popping passes in traffic with pin-point accuracy. As a scorer, he is a staggering, unpredictable penetrator who relies on a solid runner and lay-ins as he weaves through defenses. He's a mediocre shooter at this stage, which may ultimately limit his college prospects, but his distribution skills and court vision are truly top shelf and worthy of a look.
In case you missed it, here is Thursday's 2016 Washington Spring Preview


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