"They are two really high character kids," said Romar. "They are long, athletic athletes that both play hard and fit right in with what we are about here at the University of Washington."
Bryan-Amaning is a native of Surrey, England who came to the U.S. last year
to attend prep school in South Kent, Conn. He averaged 14 points and nine
rebounds as a junior at South Kent School.
The 6-foot-9 forward is the nation¹s No. 34 recruit in ratings published by
"Matthew has a 7-foot-3 wingspan at 6-foot-9, which allows him to play
bigger than he is," Romar described. "Matthew, at that size is extremely
skilled. He can handle the ball, he can pass the ball and he can score the
ball. It's hard to get those kind of guys in your program and we feel that
we got one."
Holiday posted averages of 20.0 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots
as a junior at Campbell Hall High School in North Hollywood, Calif. His 106
blocked shots were 60 more than any other player in the league that he also
led with 373 rebounds.
He was listed No. 23 in the Best in the West poll
conducted by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Holiday received honorable
mention All-America accolades in Street & Smith's magazine.
"Justin is a 6-6, long-limbed athlete that has won a lot of games in high
school. He really understands what winning is about and you can't have
enough of those guys in your program," Romar remarked. "He is one of those
guys whose best days are ahead of him. He will fill out and will continue to
get stronger. Justin will have an impact on our program."
The pair of stellar recruits is another boost for a Washington program that
brought in classes rated among the nation¹s best in each of the previous two
years. UW is coming off three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances,
including back-to-back Sweet 16 berths. The Huskies registered a 26-7 record
last season, finishing second in the Pac-10 for the third straight season
with a 13-5 conference mark.
The early signing period continues through Nov. 15. After that time,
prospects can¹t sign letters of intent until the late signing period that
runs from April 11 to May 16.
Washington begins its 2006-07 regular-season schedule on Sunday, Nov. 12 as
host of the three-day Basketball Travelers Classic. The Huskies open the
four-team tournament at 7:30 p.m. against Pepperdine at Bank of America
Arena. Northern Iowa and Nicholls State meet in Sunday¹s opener at 4:30 p.m.
2007 Washington Men¹s Basketball Letter of Intent Signees
Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Forward, 6-9, 220, Surrey, England (South Kent
Justin Holiday, Forward, 6-6, 180, Chatsworth, Calif. (Campbell Hall)
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