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Originally published Friday, November 10, 2006 at 12:00 AM

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UW Men's Basketball | Huskies add California prep Gant

The Washington Huskies capped their men's basketball recruiting class of 2007 by getting a letter of intent Thursday from forward Darnell...

Seattle Times staff reporter

The Washington Huskies capped their men's basketball recruiting class of 2007 by getting a letter of intent Thursday from forward Darnell Gant of Crenshaw High in Los Angeles.

Gant, 6-foot-8, 210 pounds, was rated as the No. 12 prospect in the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West poll earlier this week and chose UW over Oregon, Nevada, California and Kentucky.

At the end, Gant had narrowed his choices to UW, Oregon and Nevada. He said he made his final decision Wednesday night and signed his letter Thursday.

"I just liked the coaches, the players, the environment up there," he said. "I thought everything was cool and it was the best place for me."

Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar called Gant "a skilled forward."

"He can really run the floor and he has a really nice perimeter shot for his size," Romar said. "In terms of what we do and how we play, he really fits in."

Romar said Gant needs to put on some weight but said he has the kind of body that should adapt well to getting bigger.

Gant described himself as a forward who could also play shooting guard. "It's rare you could have a 6-9 kid in college who could possibly play the two," he said.

On Wednesday, the first day of the letter-of-intent period, the Huskies signed forward Justin Holiday of Chatsworth, Calif., and forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning of South Kent (Conn.). All will join the team for the 2007-08 season.

Last spring, UW received a commitment from guard Isaiah Thomas of Curtis High in Tacoma. He is generally considered the top recruit in the state this season.

But Thomas has run into academic difficulties and won't sign a letter with UW now. Thomas said earlier this week he still intends to become a Husky. It's possible he may have to go the prep-school route, however, to become eligible for college.

Romar can't comment on Thomas, but asked Thursday if UW would sign any more players to this class, he said, "We're done." Romar left open the slight possibility that UW could sign another player in the spring.

The three signees give UW the potential for 15 scholarships promised for the 2007-08 season, two more than the NCAA limit.

However, UW coaches say they don't offer scholarships without knowing one will be available.

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