Dominic Green Talks UW Commitment

Former Washington star Jason Hamilton played his high school basketball at Hazen High School, and now another Highlander is looking to make his mark on Montlake. Dominic Green, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward verbally committed to UW Sunday night after tweeting out his intentions.

It finished off a bit of a rocky recruiting process for Green, who initially committed to Arizona State back in August for the 2015 class when Herb Sendek was the head coach.

“I really liked the coaching staff and everything,” Green told Monday night after getting back from Indianapolis. His AAU team, Northwest Panthers, had just played in the Adidas Gauntlet Tournament there. “I liked what they were trying to do. But that didn’t work out.

“I kind of knew there was a chance he would get fired.”

Then came the difficult decision as to whether Green wanted to stick with the Sun Devils. “I was talking with my parents about it, and it really had to do with who was coming in next.”

As it turned out, new ASU Coach Bobby Hurley made the decision easy for Green. “He reached out to me after I was released,” he said, noting that he didn’t get a sense he was wanted by the new man in charge.

Arizona State gave Green his full release, allowing him to immediately sign with any school he wanted to.

“I got calls from a few schools - mainly U-Dub,” Green said, adding that he made up his mind to be a Husky a week or two after he was given his release. So Sunday in Indianapolis, he dropped the info via a tweet.

And that was that.

“I was playing at an AAU tournament, and I thought - I might as well tell everybody,” he said with a chuckle.

So why the Huskies? “It was close to home,” said Green. “They are family. They have a really good record for developing players and getting players better. The school is a really good school, and I’ll get a good education.”

Green played with fellow incoming frosh David Crisp with Northwest Panthers. “I haven’t really played with Baby Boy (Dejounte Murry), but I know how he plays,” he added. “I played with Matisse (Thybulle) not that much; mainly I’ve played against him. I played with Dave in AAU.”

And perhaps best of all? Green has a younger brother Jalen. There’s talk that Jalen may end up the better prospect when it’s all said and done.

“He’s going to be,” Dominic said, ending the debate. “He’s only a freshman, and he’s 6-4.”

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