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Thursday, April 6, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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UW Men: Huskies recruit JC point guard

Seattle Times staff reporter

The Washington men's basketball team may not be done adding players to next year's roster.

Blake Young, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound guard from Daytona Beach (Fla.) Community College, is scheduled to make a recruiting visit to UW next weekend. If he were to sign with the Huskies, he would have two years of eligibility and be considered likely to make an immediate impact on a young team.

But first, the Huskies have to wait through a nervous few days as Young, who can play both guard positions, is scheduled to visit both Creighton and Kansas State this weekend. The latter school is a late entrant in the sweepstakes for Young but could be the most serious rival to the Huskies as new coach Bob Huggins is aggressively pursuing players to rebuild that program.

Young has also visited St. John's. Daytona Beach coach Brad Underwood said Wednesday that Young will make a decision after visiting Washington.

"He's a good player who has had a great year and is worthy of all the accolades and recruiting attention he is getting," Underwood said.

Young was named the Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year after averaging 24.5 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. He is rated as the No. 8 junior-college prospect in the country by JucoJunction.com.

Underwood called Young "freakishly athletic." He won three slam-dunk competitions while attending Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Fla.

Underwood said Young was academically eligible to attend a four-year school out of high school but didn't have a lot of good offers.

"There are a lot of guys in Florida, and sometimes you just don't get seen," Underwood said. "He was known as an athlete and not a player. But he's come here and improved and worked very hard and been diligent to get better. He's one of those who slipped through the cracks."

Young is the only player the Huskies have scheduled to bring in for a visit in the spring recruiting period. Washington has signed four high-school players for next season and has nine scholarship underclassmen. But it has been rumored that freshman Zach Johnson, who has missed the last two years with knee injuries, will be moved to another category so he can remain in school on scholarship, which would open up a scholarship on the basketball roster.

NOTES

• All of the underclassmen except Johnson have been participating in pickup games at Edmundson Pavilion this week, joined by incoming recruit Spencer Hawes of Seattle Prep.

• For what it's worth, ESPN.comunveiled a proposed Bracketology for next season and had Washington as a No. 3 seed in Spokane, which will host a session of the first and second rounds next March. The only Pac-10 team with a higher seed was UCLA at No. 1.

• It appears likely that UW will return its assistant coaching staff intact as the jobs rumored available for assistants Cameron Dollar and Jim Shaw have been filled or are rumored headed in other directions.

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or bcondotta@seattletimes.com

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