Nov. 15, 1999
SEATTLE - Guards Curtis Allen and C.J. Massingale, both from Tacoma, Wash., signed letters of intent to attend the University of Washington, seventh-year men's basketball coach Bob Bender announced on Monday.
Allen and Massingale are two of the premier prep players in the West, ranking Nos. 7 and 8, respectively among point guards prospects by the Pac-West recruiting service.
The 6-foot-1 Allen averaged 19.8 points and five assists per game last year, leading Wilson High School to the Washington state tournament for the second straight season. Wilson was the Class 4A runner-up in 1998.
A second-team 1999 all-state selection by the Associated Press, Allen is a two-time All-Narrows League honoree. He garnered honorable mention All-America accolades from Street & Smith's magazine.
Allen selected Washington over recruiting competition from Clemson, Notre Dame, Oregon, Syracuse and Washington State.
"In watching Curtis over the past two year of recruiting we identified a player that we really believe possesses the ability to score the basketball a lot of different ways," said Bender. "He not only can score, but also has a really good understanding and ability to run the team. He's also a young man who, because of his explosiveness, fits in well with us wanting to go up-tempo and go quicker and quicker."
Massingale is a 6-3 product of Mount Tahoma High School. He averaged 21.1 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals per game during 1999 en route to Narrows League Most Valuable Player honors.
Massingale chose to accept a Washington scholarship over offers from Boise State, Saint Louis, Vanderbilt and Washington State.
"C.J. is a big perimeter player who can play the point. He is very comfortable, very confident and very skilled at that position," Bender describes. "His improvement has come in his ability to be a consistent shooter. He has the ability to score the basketball and with his size he gets to the basket and can score in traffic."
Allen and Massingale will be the first Tacoma natives in 23 years to sign with Washington, dating back to Steve Matzen who lettered from 1977-1980.
"It's a coincidence that they both happened to be from Tacoma," Bender explained. "But, if you look at high school basketball this year, there are a number of high school programs in the Tacoma area that are extremely strong this year from a state-wide standpoint. It just shows you that there are a lot of good players in the city of Tacoma and we happened to get the two best."
Following their upcoming senior seasons, the pair of prep standouts will join a Washington team that last year posted a 17-12 record and participated in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.
Washington has one scholarship remaining to distribute and may have an additional signing announcement before the early letter of intent signing period ends on Wednesday. The spring letter of intent period runs from April 5 through May 15.
1999 Washington Men's Basketball Letter of Intent Signee Profiles
Guard, 6-1, 160 Tacoma, Wash. (Wilson HS.)
* Averaged 19.8 points, five rebounds and five assists per game his junior season, helping Wilson High School earn a 1999 state tournament berth.
* Led Wilson to a second-place finish in the Washington Class 4A state tournament as a sophomore in 1998.
* Two-time All-Narrows League honoree.
* Second-team 1999 all-state selection by the Associated Press.
* An honorable mention national prep selection by Street & Smith's magazine.
* Rated the No. 7 point guard prospect in the West by Pac-West Hoops.
* Selected Washington over Clemson, Notre Dame, Oregon, Syracuse and Washington State.
Guard, 6-3, 185, Tacoma, Wash. (Mount Tahoma HS)
* Averaged 21.1 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals per game during 1999 at Mount Tahoma High School.
* Led Mount Tahoma to the 1998 Washington state Class 4A semifinals where they lost to Curtis Allen's Wilson High School squad.
* Named the Narrows League Most Valuable Player in 1999.
* Rated the No. 8 point guard prospect in the West by Pac-West Hoops.
* Selected Washington over Boise State, Saint Louis, Vanderbilt and Washington State.