Nov. 14, 2008
SEATTLE - University of Washington men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar announced the newest class of incoming student-athletes, which consists of three prep standouts and one junior college transfer, have signed letters of intent and are expected to enroll in time for the 2009 fall academic quarter.
The year's class is comprised of Abdul Gaddy, a 6-3 point guard from Tacoma, Wash., Charles Garcia, a 6-9 junior college forward from Los Angeles, Clarence Trent, a 6-7 forward from Gig Harbor, Wash. and C.J. Wilcox, a 6-5 guard from Pleasant Grove, Utah.
Gaddy, currently a senior at Bellarmine Prep, is listed by most scouting services as the second-best point guard and one of the top overall prep prospects in the country. He received the most votes in the recent "Best of the West" prep rankings by the Long Beach Press-Telegram and was the Gatorade Washington Boys Basketball Player of the Year as a junior. He averaged 23 points, five assists and two steals per game and was a first-team all-state selection last season.
Garcia, the only junior college player in the class, is a 2006 graduate of Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. He spent one season but did not play basketball at Sacramento State before transferring to Riverside Community College, where he was an all-conference and all-state selection as a freshman. He averaged 14.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game last season and shot 57 percent from the field.
Trent attended Gig Harbor (Wash.) High School through his junior season before transferring to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. for his senior season. He current attends The Patterson School in Lenoir, N.C. Last season at Findlay, he averaged 11.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game and helped lead his squad to a 32-1 overall record.
Wilcox led the state of Utah in scoring as a junior with a 23.7 per game average and was a unanimous first-team all-state selection. He also averaged six rebounds, 2.2 steals and two blocks per game. His father, Craig, played basketball at Brigham Young University from 1993-95.
Washington's Men's Basketball Signing Class
Name Ht. Wt. Pos. Cl. Exp. Hometown (High School / Current School)
Abdul Gaddy 6-3 170 G Fr. HS Tacoma, Wash. (Bellarmine Prep)
Charles Garcia 6-9 220 F Jr. Tr Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey / Riverside CC)
Clarence Trent 6-7 230 F Fr. HS Gig Harbor, Wash. (Gig Harbor / Patterson School [Lenoir, N.C.])
C.J. Wilcox 6-5 180 G Fr. HS Pleasant Grove, Utah (Pleasant Grove)
Listed as the sixth-best prep prospect in the country and second-best point guard by scout.com ... received the most votes as the top player in the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the West prep rankings ... listed as #2 point guard and #13 prospect by rivals.com and #14 by ESPN.com ... averaged a Class 4A state-best 23 points as well as six rebounds, five assists and two steals per game as a junior ... Gatorade Washington Boys Basketball Player of the Year as a junior, the first non-senior to win the award in 12 years ... first-team all-state selection ... led prep team to third-place finish at the state Class 4A Tournament in 2008 ... plays for coach Bernie Salazar at Bellarmine Prep ... named to the first-team all-state tournament team for Class 4A ... led team to third-place finish in state tournament ... scored 26 points in third-place game, including 18 in the second half ... named co-MVP and led team to title at the Nike Global Challenge ... played in Boost Mobile Elite 24 at Rucker Park in New York ... listed by Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis as the best guard at the NBA Players Association Top-100 Camp ... plays AAU for Northwest Legends.
Averaged 14.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a freshman at Riverside Community College ... a first-team all-state selection for a team that went 25-8 on the season ... all-Orange Empire Conference ... played in all 33 games as a freshman ... scored more than 20 points twice with a high of 27 points against Glendale and Moorpark ... scored in double figures in 27 of 33 games ... averaged 1.2 blocks per game and shot 57 percent from the field ... graduated from Dorsey High School in 2006 ... spent the 2006-07 season enrolled part-time at Sacramento State and did not play basketball ... first-team all-city selection as a prep senior ... two-year varsity letterwinner.
Listed by espn.com as the #14 power forward prospect nationally ... attended Gig Harbor (Wash.) High School through his junior year in 2007 ... attended Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. as a senior ... averaged 15.5 points and 12.5 rebounds at the National Prep School Showcase in late 2007 ... led Findlay to a 32-1 record in 2007-08 ... averaged 11.7 points 7.7 rebounds and surpassed 60 percent shooting from the field for coach Mike Peck ... currently attends The Patterson School in Lenoir, N.C. ... plays for Coach Chris Chaney ... plays AAU for the Arkansas Hawks.
Led the state of Utah's Class 5A in scoring as a junior with a 23.7 per game average ... averaged six rebounds, 2.2 steals and two blocks per contest ... a unanimous pick for first-team all-state honors ... played for coach Randy McAllister ... father, Craig, played guard at Brigham Young University from 1993-95.