PF Josh Heytvelt

When you are 6-9 and you play basketball, people notice you. When you can lead the break, get up high for an alley-oop dunk, then come back down to hit an outside jumper showing a soft shooting touch, they begin looking at their program and asking people around them, "Who is this kid"?

Well in this case the "kid", is Josh Heytvelt. Josh just finished his sophomore year at Clarkston High School, down in the southeast corner of the State, where he averaged ll PPG and 7 rebounds. He also led his team to the 3A state tournament where he stepped up his performance averaging 13PPG and 9RBS along with 2.5 blocks per game.

After showing locally that he could play, Josh was invited to join Rotary Select summer AAU team out of Seattle. His teammates included future High Major D-1 recruits Lyndale Burleson and Marvin Williams. At the Adidas Big Time AAU summer tournament in Las Vegas last month, his Rotary team drew a lot of interest, including the entire UW and WSU staffs along with North Carolina head man Matt Doherty, Arizona's Lute Olsen and assistants from Oklahoma, USC, Stanford and Missouri.

After winding down from the hectic summer schedule, Josh joined his folks for an unofficial visit to the University of Washington recently. We caught up with Josh after he returned home and discussed his visit.

"Now that the summer tournaments are over it gives me a chance to begin to look around," said Heytvelt of his trip to Seattle.

"I really enjoyed it. About the only thing I did not see were the dorms. What did I like the best? I really liked the gym," said Heytvelt.

"I really like Coach Romar and Coach Cameron Dollar."

Heytvelt is getting a lot of mail from colleges right now. "I actually got 36 in one day from Idaho."

He is wide open right now and claims no favorites.
We'd like to retract an earlier report we did on Jake Beitinger. We erroneously reported that he had visited Washington at the same time that Heytvelt was on campus, but Jake was actually in Virginia with his AAU team. We apologize for the error.

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