High Rising Recruit Lands UW Offer

Dawgman.com’s Head of Hoops Aaron Beach profiled Federal Way forward Jalen McDaniels Tuesday, and someone must have been paying attention - because later that day the Washington Huskies offered McDaniels a scholarship after his stellar performance playing for Seattle Rotary down in Las Vegas.

“I talked to some schools, but I got a new phone and I’m not sure if I’ve been getting calls or not, or texts,” McDaniels told Dawgman.com about interest coming out of his Vegas performances. “But I’m pretty sure I should be getting some.”

Immediately after the tournaments, McDaniels was offered by San Diego State and Arizona State, following earlier offers from schools like Boise State, Montana State, Nebraska, Rice and Utah State.

And who offered the scholarship for Washington but Head Coach Lorenzo Romar. “Just him reaching out to me instead of any assistant coach…I talked to him first,” McDaniels said. “He came at me straight.”

And McDaniels’ response when he realized he had been offered by UW? “At first I was happy because I got an offer in my home town where I could possibly play at and my family can come watch me if I were to commit there and go there,” he said. “That felt good.

“They said the way they are going to start to play, their style of play is the way I play, being so versatile. And how the program is starting to recruit more people from the home town of Seattle, and stuff like that.”

McDaniels said that he knows incoming UW freshmen Dejounte Murray, Matisse Thybulle and Noah Dickerson, as well as a few players that previously played at Washington.

But will the Lorenzo Romar personal touch sway McDaniels from leaving the state? “Staying home, as opposed to going away? My family can come watch me,” he said. “I can go home easier without paying any money. And my friends can come watch me play. But going out of state gives me a chance to grow up on my own and become a man and take more responsibility for myself.

“I’m just enjoying the process. I’m going to wait for some more options and take my visits and then cut down my list and then hopefully make a decision.”

Texas and Wichita State were mentioned by McDaniels as two schools that have connected with him but haven’t offered as of yet. “I’m seeing what they are doing,” he said. “I’m interested in all the schools that are recruiting me. I’m interested in them if they are interested in me.”

Jalen also has a little brother Jaden, who just might end up better than big brother. “He’s going to be a freshman and he’s 6-3,” McDaniels said. “He started playing basketball at an earlier age, so I think he’s going to be better. And he’s taking it serious earlier than I was. So I think he could possibly be better.”

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