UW Adds Pryor To '17 Hoops Class

2017 West Seattle point guard Nate Pryor announced on social media that he has decided to flip his commitment from Seattle University to the University of Washington.

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Pryor had recently re-opened his recruitment before announcing late on Saturday night that he has decided to commit to Washington.

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As a senior this past season for West Seattle, Pryor totaled 21.8 points while also averaging five rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.1 steals per game.

The 6-1.5, 182-pound point guard had dinner with new UW Head Coach Mike Hopkins, as well as with assistant coaches Will Conroy and Cameron Dollar, and everything went according to Pryor's plan. 

“I had dinner with the coach last night. Coach Hop, coach Conroy and coach Cam," Pryor confirmed. "Coach Hopkins was telling me my role and how he’s going to play me and what I can do to help the team and he pretty much said what I wanted to hear from him. I told him I would become a Husky.”

And Hop's reaction?

“It was crazy, he was excited," said Pryor. "I’ve never seen a college coach that excited before. It’s a blessing.”

How do the Huskies plan to use Pryor? “Pretty much just put the ball in my hand, let me run the offense, put players in the right positions to score," he said. "We’re not going to be running set offenses with pass, cut…it’s going to be more freedom.”

Pryor considers himself a 'pass-first point guard but when he wants to get his he can get his, a defensive player, always able to look for the right pass, don’t do dumb shots'. 

Pryor was expecting to be a Redhawk in college, but that all started to change when rumors surfaced about Dollar's tenure at SU. Dollar may be fired, but then he might get picked up in an assistant's role under UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar.

"But then coach Romar got fired and everything went downhill," said Pryor. "But then (Dollar) got the job. We had a strong connection. He’s been talking to me since my freshman year, so we have a strong bond. When he left (SU) it was kind of a heartbreaker because we had that connection. He went to U-Dub and everything just fell into place.

“Social media has been going crazy ever since I decommitted from SU. Now that I committed everybody’s going crazy.”

Once decommitted from the Redhawks, Pryor was going to take a visit to Boise State and was getting serious looks from schools like Colorado, but he wanted to stay home.

“I’m always a Seattle guy," he said. "I always wanted to become a Husky since I was a little kid and I always wanted to play for my home town, so it’s a blessing and I just can’t wait.”

Pryor confirmed that this was a decision his whole family approved of. “We talked and I told them that this is what I wanted, to stay home and continue my next chapter at U-Dub,” he said. 

Pryor already knows Michael Carter, Jaylen Nowell, David Crisp and will be getting to know the rest of the team in short order. “I’ll be getting in the gym with them soon. I’m going to get to know the guys.”

What's his scouting report on fellow commit Carter? “He’s nice," said Pryor. "He went to that private school and he developed a lot. He’s a very nice dude, hella funny. A great basketball player, a great point guard. He can shoot lights out. I can’t wait to be in the backcourt with him.”

Both Pryor and Carter are expected to sign letters of intent with Washington on Wednesday, the first day of the regular signing period for basketball. 


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