Prep Phenom Brandon Roy Commits to Huskies

Nov. 24, 2001

SEATTLE - Brandon Roy, a 6-foot-5 wing player from Seattle's Garfield High School, singed a letter of intent to attend the University of Washington, men's basketball coach Bob Bender announced on Saturday.

The early signing period officially ended on Wednesday, but Roy's letter of intent is legal and binding because he signed and dated it on Nov. 21 before announcing his decision on Saturday.

Rated the second best small forward in the West by Prep West Hoops, Roy was listed No. 47 among all prep players nationally by CNN/Sports Illustrated in rankings produced by

Roy averaged 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game during his junior season during which Garfield finished with a 27-2 record. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the state for the majority of the season on the strength of a 23-game winning streak.

He joins a recruiting class that includes Garfield teammate Anthony Washington, a 6-9 forward who committed to the Huskies on Wednesday (Nov. 21). Those two will join the team in the fall of 2002 and be reunited with former prep teammate Will Conroy who is currently a freshman point guard at UW.

'We're delighted to have Brandon join our program,' Bender exclaimed. 'It gives us three players from Garfield High School and that is a great thing for Washington basketball.'

Garfield posted a fifth-place finish at the 2001 state tournament during which Roy averaged more than 19 points per game. The Bulldogs won their final three tournament games after suffering an 85-82 double-overtime loss to Foss in the first round.

Roy was a first-team 2001 All-Washington State selection in the 4A classification. He was voted the Most Valuable Player in the KingCo Conference and was the only unanimous first-team all-league pick last year.

'I feel Brandon is one of the premier players in the nation. His play during the summer positioned him among the elite players,' Bender said. 'The future for him is unlimited. He can do so many different things and play so many different positions. We're glad to have the opportunity to coach Brandon and watch him develop even further as a player.'

Roy was recruited by numerous schools around the country and considered Arizona, Boston College, Gonzaga and Oregon before selecting Washington.

Brandon Roy, Guard/Forward, 6-5, 195, Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)
Anthony Washington, Forward, 6-9, 220 Seattle, Wash. (Garfield HS)

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