One need look no further than at UW's 2015 recruiting class, which included four local standouts, two of whom, are starting as freshmen for the Huskies. But as strong as the 2015 class was, there's plenty more talent where in the funnel. The Next Wave, has officially arrived.
1) Daejon Davis. 6'3 2017 PG. Garfield. The rising point guard from Seattle saw his recruiting stock soar after a sensational summer of play. He's an elite athlete and a blur in the open floor, and an explosive finisher on the run or in traffic and an excellent shooter. He's a jet, with a no-quit motor on both ends of the floor. He's also a superb rebounder for a player his size, particularly on the offensive glass where he's on patrol for tip-dunks. He's already a lockdown defender at the high school level and projects as such at the next level. Davis will be a candidate to start immediately at UW when he arrives at the fall of 2017.
2) Jaylen Nowell. 6'4 2017 SG. Garfield. Nowell continues to be the most recognizable face of Seattle basketball after a strong summer which included a stint with the Team USA 16U squad. He's a high level athlete, and plays with a ton of energy showing potent offensive capabilities including a throwback mid-range game and a knack for scoring big buckets. He's long, and well built physically with strong shoulders and a D1-ready body, and he holds immense upside as a defender. He remains one of Washington's top recruiting priorities and holds offers from most of the Pac-12.
3) J'Raan Brooks. 6'8 2018 PF. Garfield. The San Diego transplant is a versatile forward blessed with excellent length and a great feel for the position. Offensively, he shows great potential with his back to the basket, with agile footwork, soft touch and even a baby hook at his disposal. He also has a nice stroke out to 15 feet. The talented sophomore is quality athlete, good leaper, with a quick bounce and skilled with the ball in his hands. He's an instinctive passer, both in the paint or on the run, and has excellent timing as shotblocker and rebounder. He holds an offer from Washington with interest from several Pac-12 programs.
4) Keith Smith. 6'7 CG 2016 Rainier Beach. After missing all of last season with a knee injury, it is hoped that he will be able to play this season for the Vikings. If so, he's one of the most dynamic playmakers in the state of Washington. A big, athletic combo guard that sees the floor like a point guard, he's highly versatile, a smooth ball-handler and passer, that glides through traffic with ease, and can finish with a flourish. He's also a lights out shooter. At 6-foot-7, he possesses tremendous size for a backcourt player, and can defend several positions. Injuries have dramatically limited his time on the floor however the last couple of seasons however. He committed to Oregon in the Spring.
5) Corey Kispert. 6'6 2017 SF. King's. Kispert is an under-the-radar recruit no more after a breakout summer saw him draw raves for his silky three point stroke and heady, physical play. The muscular junior is an elite shooter, a quality athlete, very active on both ends of the floor and on the glass, and has become more aggressive off the dribble with the ball in his hands. Built like a tank, he's equipped both physically and skill-wise to make an immediate mark wherever he lands. He is one of Washington's top recruiting targets, and is being recruited by Virginia, Gonzaga and WSU.
6) P.J. Fuller. 6'3 2019 CG. Garfield. Despite being just a freshmen, Fuller has emerged as one of the top basketball prospects in the Northwest. He's a long effortless athlete and an elite leaper who gets to the rim with ease. He possesses a sweet stroke to accompany a lightning quick first step, but also shows good instincts as a distributor, is a good passer with an improving handle. He's got plenty of maturing to do, but if his present path holds, he could well emerge as one of the top prep basketball players in the regions history. He's that good. He's already being recruited by several Pac-12 programs and holds an offer from Montana.
7) Jalen McDaniels. 6'9 SF 2016. Federal Way. Another local standout who made a big splash this summer was the lanky senior McDaniels. He's a superb athlete and a high flyer, bouncy around the cup with great quickness despite his tremendous length. He's a bit of a hybrid, more perimeter oriented than even a face-up modern 4-man, but he's very agile with the ball in his hands, and shoots a fluid mid-range jumper with expanding range. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, he has the potential to be an elite defender, thanks to his physical tools, and should be able to defend all five positions in college. He committed to San Diego State in September.
8) Sam Cunliffe. 6'6 2016 SF. Rainier Beach. Cunliffe is a crafty wing who has transferred to Rainier Beach from Blanchett this season. He's versatile, possessing high level ball handling and solid passing skills and can even run the point if needed. He's a former track standout and a high-level athlete, able to elevate over defenders with a steady pull-up jumper. At times he plays with more style than substance, but with the right coaching, his ceiling is very high. He committed to Arizona State in September.
9) JaQuori McLaughlin 6'3 PG 2016 Peninsula. The point guard from Gig Harbor is a crafty floor general with high level handle, passing ability and court vision. He's a deceptive athlete, though not overly quick, but plays with smooth poise, and gets to the basket with ease where he's a crafty finisher. He also shoots a good looking three point stroke. With a little more consistency, he has a chance to be an excellent college position guard. He committed to Oregon State in September.
10) Alphonso Anderson. 6'6 PF 2016 Garfield. Anderson is an undersized power forward who has made big strides diversifying his offensive capabilities. He's a jack-of-all-trades forward, bouncy, who rebounds and defends with great energy. Though undersized, he's physical and strong, and a powerful finisher. He's come a long way over the last couple of seasons and could be the surprise of the 2016 NW recruiting class. He recently committed to the University of Montana.