Before I start this, I want to give credit to a great Gonzaga blog, The Slipper Still Fits. I am kind of taking their format from their recruiting post and applying it to Husky basketball. So before you read this, maybe go over there and give them some props for what they’ve done. Here is what the Husky roster will look like after the end of next season in 2010:
Matthew Bryan-Amaning F
Justin Holiday F
Charles Garcia F
Venoy Overton G
Darnell Gant F
Scott Suggs F
Elston Turner G/F
Isaiah Thomas G
Clarence Trent F
CJ Wilcox G
Abdul Gaddy G
The Huskies have already signed Desmond Simmons as their first recruit of the class of 2010. Simmons leaves the Huskies with 12 scholarship players on their roster, leaving one scholarship left.
Here are the players Romar is taking a look at to fill in that last scholarship spot on his roster:
Josh Smith is not even a Senior in high school yet, but SeaTown Sports has had ample coverage on the 6-9, 270 pound Center from Kentwood High School. He already has over a dozen offers on the table from all prestigious college programs. However do not be surprised if Romar and his staff are able to lure this highly-coveted recruit.
Like Jon Brockman, Smith is the type of guy that would not mind staying at home. From the people we have talked to, UCLA and UW seem to be at the top of his list at this point. Smith is currently the ranked as the second best Center prospect in the nation, and is our number one player in the state of Washington at this time. Smith is a very rare prospect, and might be a one-in-done guy.
From a scouting perspective, his physical presence makes Spencer Hawes look like a stick. He looks like more of a dominant player on the boards. He look more talented offensively than Kevin Love was coming out of high school.
He lacks a go-to offensive move, and doesn’t seem to be super explosive. However, his height gives him a high ceiling, and he is bound to improve with one more year of playing high school basketball. Along with UW, USC, Cal, and Arizona St. all have some interest in Kirk. Texas Tech and Vanderbilt also have offers on the table to Kirk.
Like Josh Smith, John Gage is a local product and like the three prospects mentioned above, Gage is a power forward/center prospect. Gage is a tall 6-10 and weighs 210lbs. He plays for the well known Friends of Hoop AAU program, playing alongside the likes of Tanner Riley, Andre Winston Jr., and Joe Harris. Gage is a three star recruit and is a little under the radar. He is being offered by local schools, besides UW, he has offers from Portland, Portland St., and Seattle U. Recently some sources have Gage getting offers from Stanford and and California as well, also claiming that he’s deciding between those two schools and UW.
It will be interesting to see which way Romar will go if he doesn’t land Smith. Will he go after another talented center prospect like Alex Kirk? Or will he pursue a four guard lineup and find an athletic wing like Anthony Brown? Time will only tell.