Impact Report: Green and Jarreau

The wildest offseason in the history of Washington Men’s Basketball just got even crazier Monday as the program officially announced the commitment from its fifth top-100 recruit of the 2015 recruiting class, followed mere hours later by yet another transfer.

First, the Huskies scored a commitment from talented 6-foot-7 guard/small forward prospect Dominic Green, who hails from Renton's Hazen High school. Green is a heralded shooting prospect who originally committed to play at Arizona State after a making a splash on the national recruiting circuit in Las Vegas last summer.

So what are the Huskies getting in Green? - What does his commitment mean for a team desperate to remake their roster with talent after losing two players to graduation (Shawn Kemp and Mike Anderson), as well as six others to dismissal and transfer (Robert Upshaw, Nigel Williams-Goss, Jernard Jarreau, Darin Johnson, Gilles Dierickx, and Jahmel Taylor)? As it stands right now, there will be only three scholarship returnees from the 2014-15 roster - Andrew Andrews, Donaven Dorsey, and Quevyn Winters.

Offensively speaking, Green's jumper sets him apart from his peers. He boasts a superb three-point stroke and is regarded as one of the top shooters in the West. He gets lots of lift with his shot with a quick release that stretches out to 25 feet.

He's also surprisingly effective with the ball in his hands, and has spent considerable time at point guard throughout his high school career. He's an above average ball handler and a slippery penetrator who uses his length to maneuver through the lane and finishes at the cup at unpredictable angles.

Green’s combination of size and skill make him a bit of a Swiss Army knife on the floor. He should be able to serve productively at both the two and three spots, as well as spot duty at the point or as a face-up four man against smaller lineups.

Physically speaking, he's long and lean, checking in at 6-foot-7 with a decent frame that should take well to the weight room.

Athletically speaking, Green boasts an immense wingspan of nearly seven feet. Though not a high riser, he's reasonably quick despite his gangly limbs, and as a result is a natural shot blocker and defender who should be able to defend multiple positions in time.

What does Green’s commit to UW mean in the short term? - The Huskies need scorers asap, and Green's stellar stroke and overall versatility should make him a factor in the rotation immediately. The only lock in the backcourt rotation right now is the senior-to-be Andrews, which leaves upwards of 90 minutes a game up for grabs at the other guard positions. Defensive match-ups will likely determine where and how much Green plays, but the competition will be intense between Winters and Dorsey, as well as fellow incoming freshmen Dejounte Murray, David Crisp, and Matisse Thybulle.

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar has long coveted a bigger lineup after being throttled in the 2010 NCAA Sweet Sixteen by a West Virginia squad that rotated a steady stream of 6-foot-7 wings and forwards. He's finally getting his answer. Green, along with Dorsey and the rest of the newcomers, are the embodiment of Washington's philosophical recruiting shift to taller, yet versatile players who are as comfortable with the ball in their hands as they are around the basket. The roster’s versatility really stands out, and that’s a very good thing with all of the changes that have taken place since the end of the season.

How does Jernard Jarreau’s transfer Monday affect UW’s bottom line? - The Huskies’ topsy-turvy offseason continued Monday afternoon when redshirt senior Jarreau announced he was transferring. Wherever the New Orleans native goes he’ll be available to play immediately.

Jarreau spent four injury-riddled seasons with the Huskies and his departure, though not entirely unexpected, is a punch to the gut for the front court next season (assuming he stayed healthy).

His transfer essentially means that the front court will be entirely made up of new faces, save sophomore Dorsey, who will again likely find himself earning considerable minutes at the four spot.

The Washington front court will feature transfer Malik Dime and freshmen Marquese Chriss, Devenir Duruisseau and wings Dorsey, Green and Thybulle. The Husky coaching staff is crossing their fingers that Auburn transfer Matthew Atewe is granted immediate eligibility. Having Atewe available this fall would go a long ways toward bolstering their thin front court.

On the floor, the Huskies, short on experience but loaded with athleticism and length, will undoubtedly pick up the pace and try to maximize the talent of their fleet-footed, albeit undersized, newcomers. Fans can expect plenty of experimentation early in the season, as well as running.

Between Green's commitment and Jarreau's departure, the Washington Huskies have now completed a near-total roster reboot - but with a couple more scholarships still open for this this upcoming season, they could still make some more moves. Or they may wait until the 2016 class and load up once again.

It's a tremendous opportunity for Romar and his crew to start from scratch and re-establish the program’s identity, but it would have never happened without such a deep, talented local recruiting class to fill out the roster. Never has so much talent entered the program at one time, and this recruiting class may never be replicated. Five top-100 players - four of them home-grown - represents an unequalled infusion of talent for a program that needed it in the worst way.

Congratulations to Dominic Green and his family, and welcome to the Purple and Gold. And Thank You to Jernard Jarreau and the hope for continued success down the road wherever he decides to finish his college career.


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