The junior leading scorer and team MVP announces he will return to UW for a fifth, senior season rather than enter the NBA draft. His return makes the re-loaded, 2013-14 Huskies that much more potent.
Jahmel Taylor and Mike Anderson will join the Huskies' backcourt for the 2013-14 season.
Transfer Perris Blackwell's debut plus the arrival of Nigel Williams-Goss and others have coach Lorenzo Romar believing depth, pressing and thus scoring will return next season.
Washington will face Loyola-Maryland on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. (Pac-12 TV Net) in Alaska Airlines Arena.
Losing Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross early to the NBA, Abdul Gaddy's cool decision making returning and next week's exhibition trip to Europe and Africa lead coach to change halfcourt offense.
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2012-13 (RS Senior) - Will sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules and have one year of eligibility remaining
AT USF 2011-12 (Junior) - Earned All-West Coast Conference honorable mention after averaging 12.7 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 0.9 APG and 0.3 BPG ... also shot 57.5% from the field to rank 13th nationally ... ranked second in the WCC in FG percentage and offensive rebounds (2.9 per game), plus was 11th in scoring and ninth in rebounding ... recorded four double-doubles during the season ... reached double-digit scoring in 20 games and was the leading scorer five times and leading rebounder 12 times ... surpassed the 20-point margin twice, scoring 23 against North Dakota State (11/11/11) and putting in a career-high 26 vs. San Diego (1/28/12) ... grabbed double-digits in rebounds five times pulling down a season-high 13 vs. Menlo College (12/17/11).
AT USF 2010-11 (Sophomore) - Averaged 10.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.4 BPG ... emerged as one of the top post players in the West Coast Conference as a sophomore ... ranked second in the West Coast Conference in double-double performances (8) ... rated second among league leaders in field goal percentage at .559 (128-229) and was fourth in rebounds (7.0) in overall games ... needed just 16 games to surpass freshman scoring (156) and rebounding (108) tallies... recorded a career night in USF's 74-67 come-from-behind win at ancient Bay Area rival Santa Clara (1/8/11) with 18 points on .500 (6-12) from the field to go along with 16 rebounds (six offensive)... led Dons with eight double-double performances, five coming during league play... elevated game during WCC action, averaging 10.8 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds... scored 17 points three times - at San Jose State (11/17/10), at Montana State (11/24/10) and at Washington (12/18/10)... played key role in Dons home sweep against Portland (1/20/11) and Gonzaga (1/22/11), scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds against the Pilots and 15 points, 12 rebounds (seven offensive) and a career-high three blocks in overtime thriller against the Bulldogs... turned in 13-point, 15-rebound performance against Pepperdine (2/24/11)... dished a career-high five assists against Dominican (1/1/11)... shot .500 or better 21 times and shot .600 or better in 14 contests... reached double-digit scoring in 20 games... pulled down 10 or more rebounds nine times... led Dons in scoring four times and was the top rebounder in 10 games.
AT USF 2009-10 (Freshman) - Averaged 6.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.56 apg, 0.20 bpg ... ranked second on the team in rebounding (4.3) and offensive rebounds (2.24)... scored season-high 13 points on 5-of-8 from the field at Arizona State (11/20/09)... turned in 10-point, 9-rebound outing at Colorado (12/1/09)... matched season-high in rebounds with a 9-point, 9-board effort at Loyola Chicago (12/12/09)... added 11 points with seven rebounds - five offensive - at Loyola Marymount (1/14/10)... shot better than .500 from the floor in 12 games, including an .800 (4-5) night in a 82-73 triumph against Cal State Bakersfield (12/23/09)... ripped down five or more rebounds in 11 games, including string of five consecutive with at least five... ranked sixth among West Coast Conference leaders in offensive rebounds (2.24)... shot a team-high .500 (17-34) from the floor during WCC play... led the Dons in rebounding six times... dished out four assists twice - in a 8-point, 7-rebound, 4-assist outing against Cal Poly (11/13/09) and in a double-overtime thriller at Colorado State (11/29/09).
PERSONAL AND HIGH SCHOOL (Etiwanda HS): Sent financial aid agreement to Washington on April 16, 2012 ...Closed out prep career with an outstanding senior season at prep power Etiwanda High School (head coach Dave Kleckner)... named to the All-CIF Southern Section First Team... averaged 15.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game... reached double digit scoring in 25 contests leading school to a No. 9 state ranking and a 25-6 record... helped the Eagles post a 30-3 record as a junior... in four seasons at Etiwanda HS, squad posted a 98-26 record... the solid performer in the classroom owns a 3.2 GPA... played for the IEBP AAU program.