Washington on talented Northwest duo early
During high school basketball season, it's tough to get up to the Northwest to check out the emerging talent in the region, which means watching those prospects in July is always a must.
Thankfully, Washington's basketball coaches were amongst the staffs who made our jobs a little earlier by providing a little bit of a blueprint for must-watch prospects, offering scholarships to a couple young A-Plus 16U recruits in 2015 shooting guard Dejounte Murray and 2016 point guard Isiah Brown.
Murray is a long and wiry wing with a natural scoring ability, while Brown is a score-first point guard who can really finish with contact. Both kids are amongst the best at their positions out west in their respective classes and Washington made smart moves offering them early.
"I grew up rooting for Washington," said Murray. "I just like the program and all the players that went through it and the coaching staffs. I was happy when they offered me."
"Washington is home," added Brown. "I would love to stay home and I love coach (Lorenzo) Romar. He's somebody who I really look up to as a great coach and person.
"They were the first school to recruit me and that says something to me. I love the campus, I love the team and the idea of staying home and playing in my city is attractive."
Portland post duo protects rim
There's a very long list of big men out west in the 2015 class that aren't no-brainer high major players at this point, but give them a year of development and they absolutely could be.
Smallwood is pretty much a pogo stick. He's very skinny but the 6-foot-9 center gets off his feet in a hurry and is a threat to block everything in the post due to his size and athleticism.
Robinson, whose father Cliff played in the NBA for several years, isn't quite the athlete that Smallwood is, but he has impeccable timing on defense and is a terrific shot blocker because of it.
Neither of these two Portland area 2015 recruits can be considered locks to end up as high major targets, but they're on the serious watch list for the next year.
Let's see where they can take their games between now and next July.
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