Oliver excited to be a Dawg

Normally when a player makes a commitment to play ball for a school he waits until the end of his official visit to let the coaches know that he plans to play for their program. Not Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian PG/SG Adrian Oliver.

"I made my commitment (Saturday)," Oliver told Dawgman.com. "I had a great visit. Ryan Appleby was my host and he showed me around. I met everyone who is going to be helping me while I'm there. He showed me the basketball gym, the workout room, the training room and I met all the coaches and the players. Everyone was really excited when I told them I wanted to be a Husky."

But it wasn't all fun and games while Oliver was on campus. "I went to class with (Appleby) on Friday. That was pretty cool too," Oliver said. "I got to see the whole campus and some of the different buildings."

Oliver was impressed with Appleby and they talked a lot about the different aspects of the program and what he can expect when he enrolls at Washington in the fall of 2006. "He told me about the coaches, especially coach (Lorenzo) Romar," Oliver said. "He said if he says something, then you can take him at his word. He also told me that practices are a lot like games because they are really intense…I like that.

"My whole life is basketball. I've been working my whole life toward this so I'm ready to come in and fight for playing time."

One current Husky that Oliver is familiar with is forward Zach Johnson. "We played in he Best of the Best All Star Game together when I was a freshman," Oliver said. "He's a big dude."

With the rainy weather that has hit the area over the last month, one might think that Oliver - who was making his first trip to Seattle during his official visit - would be a little hesitant seeing as how he is from California. You wouldn't have been more wrong.

"I liked the weather a lot actually," Oliver said laughing. "I fell in love with Seattle right when I walked off the plane. It's a great city. There is so much to do and see…I just really loved it."

During his recruitment, there were rumors that Oliver may attend the University of Kentucky because his teammate, Michael Porter, has already committed to the Wildcats. Those turned out to be false, as Oliver decided to take the 'road less traveled'.

"I'm really close to Michael, we've been playing together since 1st grade, but I already knew I wasn't going to go there," Oliver said matter-of-factly of the choice to become a Wildcat with his friend. "I decided that I wanted to make my own path pretty early on and make my own way.

"I decided that I wanted to win a championship for Washington, something that has never been done before. I want to make a difference in the program."

Sweet music to Husky fans' ears.

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