Brandon Roy: "Proud to be a Husky"

The Washington Huskies men's basketball team welcomed the state's top hoops recruit to the fold today when Brandon Roy, a 6-5 swingman from Garfield High School, announced that he signed a letter of intent to the University of Washington back on Wednesday.

The final three schools in the mix for Roy were Washington, Gonzaga, and Arizona. When it all came down to it, staying in Seattle and playing in front of friends and family were too much to pass up for the player prepwesthoops.com has rated as the #2 small forward on the west coast.

"I talked to the coaches on Tuesday, and we had a real good talk," Roy said. "I just really feel comfortable staying home and playing in front of my family."

Roy joins former teammate, Anthony Washington, who first signed with the UW last year but failed qualify and resigned earlier this week, as the second commitment this year. The Huskies have one scholarship remaining, and Head Coach Bob Bender will likely give that to a big-man who can bang in the paint and pull down rebounds.

" I committed to Coach (Byron) Boudreaux, he was excited," Roy said. "We'd been talking about it, so he was kind of ready for it. He was excited to close the deal."

" People that really didn't know me that well wanted me to go to Arizona because of the name, but I'm very happy with my decision. I'm proud to be a Husky."

" I feel it was the right to do. Now I can tell everybody and get that weight off my shoulders. My mom and dad are happy too."

Even so, Roy says nobody is happier than A & W, a person he considers his big brother.

"Anthony Washington is the happiest," he said. He thought I was playing with him when I told him."

Roy and Washington are the second and third players from Garfield to commit to Washington in the past year. Will Conroy, the state's top point guard a year ago who also attended Garfield, committed to the Huskies and planned to walk-on this season, but was awarded the scholarship that Washington left when he failed to qualify.

Roy says that the coaches have already talked to him about utilizing his versatility on the court and playing a variety of positions.

"They are talking about playing me as a one, two, and a three," he said. "I like the idea of playing all of them."

Next season, the Huskies can figure on a backcourt that will consist of juniors Curtis Allen and CJ Massingale, sophomores Conroy and Charles Frederick, senior Josh Barnard, and Roy, playing as a true freshman. Doug Wrenn, who'll be a junior, and Erroll Knight, who'll be a sophomore, can be used in the backcourt. All but Frederick, who's at the UW on a football scholarship, are in-state players.

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