Romar signs first recruit

SEATTLE ­-- Bobby Jones, a 6-foot-7 forward from Poly High School in Long Beach, Calif. signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Washington, men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar announced Monday.

Jones, who visited Seattle last weekend, is the first recruit to sign with the Husky basketball team since Romar was hired as head coach on April 3.

Rated the 10th best small forward in the West by Prep West Hoops, Jones was a top-100 national player according to several ratings services. Tracy Pearson, publisher of Prep West Hoops, called Jones, "an exceptional athlete. He can run, jump, and make things happen out on the break. He can throw the ball down with authority. He has a ton of upside and now needs to hone his offensive skills, particularly handling the basketball."

Jones averaged 19 points and nine rebounds during his senior season at Poly High School. The Jackrabbits registered a 30-4 record and finished as the Southern California Regional runners-up to eventual state champion Westchester. Jones was named to the 10-man all-state team selected by Cal-Hi Sports.

Jones in an outstanding defender and an excellent student who has already achieved a qualifying test score.

Jones was recruited by numerous schools throughout the country and considered Boston College, Long Beach State, Pepperdine and New Mexico before selecting Washington.

The Huskies have one more scholarship available for the late signing period that ends May 15. They are going hard after Muir High School's Ryan Hollins. Hollins is a 6-11 post player that signed an LOI with St Louis. He is current trying to get out of that letter of intent.

2001-02 Washington Men's Basketball Letter of Intent Signees

Bobby Jones, Forward, 6-7, 195, Long Beach, Calif. (Poly HS)
Brandon Roy, Guard/Forward, 6-5, 195, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)
Anthony Washington, Forward, 6-9, 220 Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)

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