Gant talks about signing

After Darnell Gant visited Washington, he told everyone within earshot what a great visit it was. And after his Kentucky visit, he was saying the same thing. For the 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward from Crenshaw High School - who signed Thursday with the Huskies - it just took some devine intervention to take that positive feeling and turn it into action.

"I had some serious prayer. I just prayed about it with my Mom and with my family," Gant told Thursday after sending in his Letter-of-Intent. His family approves of his decision. "They are behind me 100 percent," he added. "They know God is with me, wherever I go. I just felt that was the place I need to be. I just needed to make sure I made the right decision and check out all my options."

Gant joins two other top prospects that signed on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period for 2007 high school basketball players. Those players are Justin Holiday, a 6-foot-6, 180-pound foward from Campbell Hall in North Hollywood, Calif. and Matthew Bryan-Amaning, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward from Surry, England - by way of the South Kent School in South Kent, Conn.

Gant chose Washington over Kentucky, Oregon, Nevada and others. "I wanted to see what else was out there," he said. "Maybe I wasn't sure if Washington was the place for me at the time, but now I know it's the place for me."

Gant talked to both Lorenzo Romar and Cameron Dollar after faxing his letter in. "Coach Romar was very excited," Gant said. "He was happy. It's funny, because as a college coach - you wouldn't think he would get excited about anything. You'd think they'd be all professional. But when he's around me and his players, he's professional, but at the same time he's laid-back. Coach Dollar said congratulations, now it's time to go to work."

"We're just excited to have Darnell in our program. He's a great kid," said Romar. "We've got a 6-foot-8, athletic forward here that has a really good touch. He can shoot the basketball from the outside, can really run the floor and is another guy that can guard multiple positions. He just has so much upside that I think people recognized that and began to give him a little notoriety," Romar explained. "Darnell is one of those players that when you watch him run up-and-down the floor and watch him shoot the ball, right away he grabs your attention."

Clearly he was grabbing all the attention at Crenshaw on Thursday. "It was weird," he said of what school was like today in the wake of his signing. "It was like everyone knew, right off the top."

Gant was listed at the No. 12 prospect in the Best in the West poll conducted by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. He is the nation's No. 50 recruit in ratings published by USA Today. Gant is listed No. 85 in the national rankings produced by PrepStars.

"I'm ready to get to work and help Coach Romar get past the Sweet 16," Gant said.

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