Trip Report - Blake Young

With options limiting Washington's chances of adding one more player to their highly-touted 2006 class, the Huskies' coaches have put all their eggs seemingly in one basket this past Easter weekend. That basket belongs to Blake Young, a gifted 6-foot-1 guard from Daytona Beach Junior College in Florida, and Young made the cross-country trek to Seattle this past weekend on an official visit.

Young spent Friday and Saturday not only checking out the campus, the academics, the facilities and the town, but he also spent some time on the hardwood, getting to know some players that just might be his teammates this coming fall. Justin Dentmon played host to Young.

"He was alright, he was cool," Young told Monday night. Everybody was pretty good. I like Justin's game. Brandon Roy was playing. He was good. They were all good."

Saturday mixed in some events you might not normally get if you are taking a dime tour of the University. "We went bowling and I met with the President of the school (Mark Emmert)," said Young. "Coach (Lorenzo) Romar is a good bowler. All the coaches were pretty good."

Romar was the coach that was in Young's pocket all weekend, making sure the Florida native understood his message. "He just talked to me about the basics, about how they want me at the school, telling me how I would fit in," Young said.

With his trip to Seattle finished, Young is almost done with the recruiting process. He named his two leaders - Kansas State and Washington.

"I'm done with all my visits," he said. "I haven't made a decision as to where I'm going yet. Probably in two days I'll make as decision as to where I'm going."

What does Young like about the situation in Manhattan, Kansas? There's no question that new head coach Bob Huggins has turned the perception of basketball at KSU on it's head in the short time he's been there. "I like Coach Huggins and everything, and the players that are going to be there," he said.

And if he had to make a decision today, where would he go? "If I had to make a decision today, I don't know what I would do," Young said. The first day of the late signing period for basketball started up April 12th and will go until May 17th. The two other prospects the Huskies were looking at to finish off their class - Keaton Grant and Roburt Sallie - recently signed with Purdue and Nebraska, respectively. Sallie originally signed with the Huskies back in November of 2004 but never qualified academically.

If Young signs with Washington, he would join Spencer Hawes, Quincy Pondexter, Adrian Oliver and Phil Nelson in a class that is widely considered to be the best hoops class the Huskies have ever signed. Top Stories