SEATTLE -- Highly regarded prep forwards Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Justin Holiday both signed letters of intent to attend the University of Washington, fifth-year men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar announced Wednesday.
“They are two really high character kids,” said Romar. “They are long, athletic athletes that both play hard and fit right in with what we are about here at the University of Washington.”
Bryan-Amaning is a native of Surrey, England who came to the U.S. last year to attend prep school in South Kent, Conn. He averaged 14 points and nine rebounds as a junior at South Kent School.
The 6-foot-9 forward is the nation’s No. 34 recruit in ratings published by USA Today. He is listed 10th among power forwards in the Rivals.com national rankings, the No. 44 prospect overall.
“Matthew has a 7-foot-3 wingspan at 6-foot-9, which allows him to play bigger than he is,” Romar described. “Matthew, at that size is extremely skilled. He can handle the ball, he can pass the ball and he can score the ball. It’s hard to get those kind of guys in your program and we feel that we got one.”
Holiday posted averages of 20.0 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots as a junior at Campbell Hall High School in North Hollywood, Calif. His 106 blocked shots were 60 more than any other player in the league that he also led with 373 rebounds.
The 6-foot-6 forward was ranked as the 17th-best prospect in the state of California by Rivals.com. He was listed No. 23 in the Best in the West poll conducted by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Holiday received honorable mention All-America accolades in Street & Smith’s magazine.
“Justin is a 6-6, long-limbed athlete that has won a lot of games in high school. He really understands what winning is about and you can’t have enough of those guys in your program,” Romar remarked. “He is one of those guys whose best days are ahead of him. He will fill out and will continue to get stronger. Justin will have an impact on our program.”
The pair of stellar recruits is another boost for a Washington program that brought in classes rated among the nation’s best in each of the previous two years. UW is coming off three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including back-to-back Sweet 16 berths. The Huskies registered a 26-7 record last season, finishing second in the Pac-10 for the third straight season with a 13-5 conference mark.
The early signing period continues through Nov. 15. After that time, prospects can’t sign letters of intent until the late signing period that runs from April 11 to May 16.
Washington begins its 2006-07 regular-season schedule on Sunday, Nov. 12 as host of the three-day Basketball Travelers Classic. The Huskies open the four-team tournament at 7:30 p.m. against Pepperdine at Bank of America Arena. Northern Iowa and Nicholls State meet in Sunday’s opener at 4:30 p.m.
2007 Washington Men’s Basketball Letter of Intent Signees
Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Forward, 6-9, 220, Surrey, England (South Kent School, Conn.)
Justin Holiday, Forward, 6-6, 180, Chatsworth, Calif. (Campbell Hall)
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