UW Men's Basketball Signs Another Recruit

Nov. 17, 2004

SEATTLE - Third-year coach Lorenzo Romar's Washington men's basketball team received its final letter of intent commitment on Wednesday, completing a seven-man class that has been ranked among the best collection of recruits in the nation by several analysts.

Joe Wolfinger, a 7-foot center from Beaverton, Ore., completes the group that was touted as the country's fourth-best recruiting class by the Scout.com service.

A 2004 graduate of Aloha (Ore.) High School, Wolfinger averaged 14.2 points per game his senior season. He helped lead the Warriors to their first playoff appearance since 1997. Wolfinger is currently attending Mount Hermon prep school in Northfield, Mass.

He was ranked last year as the West's 11th best center prospect in the class of 2004 by Scout.com. Last week, he was listed as one of the top 15 unsigned players from the class of 2005 by national recruiting analyst Jeff Goodman.

'Joe is an extremely skilled big man. He is a very hard worker who we have been following for a while,' Romar remarked.

Wolfinger was also recruited by Cincinnati, Florida State and Georgia Tech.

He joins six other highly acclaimed UW recruits, including three from the state of Washington. Jon Brockman (Snohomish HS), Artem Wallace (Toledo HS) and Martell Webster (Seattle Prep HS) signed letters of intent on last Wednesday (Nov. 10) along with out-of-state talents Justin Dentmon (Carbondale, Ill.), Harvey Perry (Henderson, Nev.) and Roburt Sallie (Sacramento, Calif.). Today was the final day of the early signing period.

Washington is ranked 22nd in the Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, its first preseason rankings since 1998. The Huskies begin their 2004-05 regular-season schedule on Friday, Nov. 19 against Seattle Pacific. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.

Jon Brockman
Forward, 6-7, 245, Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish HS)

Justin Dentmon
Guard, 6-0, 180, Carbondale, Ill. (Carbondale HS/The Winchendon School, Mass.)

Harvey Perry
Guard, 6-5, 195, Henderson, Nev. (Foothill HS/Brewster Acacemy, N.H.)

Roburt Sallie
Guard, 6-5, 190, Sacramento, Calif. (Valley HS/Laurinburg Prep, N.C.)

Artem Wallace
Center, 6-8, 230, Toledo, Wash. (Toledo HS)

Martell Webster
Forward, 6-6, 225, Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep HS)

Joe Wolfinger
Center, 7-0, 225, Beaverton, Ore. (Aloha HS/Mount Hermon School, Mass.)