BREAKING: Harold Baruti signs with Washington

Even with Markelle Fultz and Carlos Johnson coming in for the 2016-17 season, the Washington Huskies still had one more open scholarship. On Monday they used it, as 6-foot-6 wing Harold Baruti from the Congo - by way of Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Virginia - verbally committed to the Huskies while on a visit to Seattle.

Harold Baruti, a full NCAA qualifier, will join the Huskies for the 2016-17 season as a true freshman. He will sign a letter of intent with the Huskies Monday.

Baruti was originally committed to the Utah Utes in mid-May, but de-committed just weeks later.  He was also being looked at by SMU, Utah State, Florida and Michigan. 

On first glance, Baruti looks to have a game similar to Huskies sophomore wing Matisse Thybulle. Campus Insiders had this to say about Baruti when he originally committed to the Utes:

"Standing at 6-foot-6, Baruti has fantastic size for a shooting guard and is freakishly athletic. His quick feet and toughness allow him to be a force on the glass and behind the arc. Baruti is capable of drilling a corner trey, using a soft touch to get second-chance points around the rim, and slamming home posterizing dunks."

Baruti averaged 11.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.5 assists during his senior season. He came to the United States from the Congo two years ago.

“We’re very fortunate at this late of date to sign a player of Harold’s caliber,” said Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar. “Walking in the door he immediately becomes one of our most athletic players. He’s only been playing organized basketball in the states for two years so here’s another player with tremendous upside that will grow in our system and will have an impact on our program.”

“It’s a blessing to join the program and have the opportunity to improve my game and get better,” said Baruti to “Coach Romar is a trustworthy, genuine guy that I am happy to get to play for. The style of basketball that the Huskies play is fast with a lot of guards which I think I can grow into pretty well.”

To see a highlight reel of Baruti in action, watch below.

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