It could be a very good winter of recruiting for the Washington basketball program.
After securing a midseason transfer from UK guard Quade Green and picking up a high-profile commitment from five-star big man Isaiah Stewart, who chose Washington over UK, Duke, Michigan State and Syracuse on Sunday night, the Huskies are now fully focused on Seattle native Jaden McDaniels, another elite prospect in the class of 2019.
McDaniels — a 6-foot-10 forward — played in the Hoophall Classic on ESPNU on Monday morning, and ESPN recruiting analyst Jeff Borzello commented on his recruitment after the game.
“I think if I had to make a prediction today, I would probably think he stays home and goes to Washington,” Borzello said. “I think it’s Washington, San Diego State and Kentucky’s involved with a couple of other schools. But Washington has a lot of momentum. They just got Isaiah Stewart, and I think they’re really going to make a push to keep him home. And right now, I would say they’re the favorite.”
McDaniels’ five finalists are UK, San Diego State (where his older brother is a star player), Texas, UCLA and Washington, and he’s already taken official visits to all five schools. He’s not expected to make a college decision until after his senior season is completed.
ESPN ranks McDaniels as the No. 6 overall player in the 2019 class.