New Washington head coach Mike Hopkins got some welcome news on Tuesday when Garfield High School's Jaylen Nowell announced he would stick to his commitment to his hometown school.
The 6-foot-5, 191-pound shooting guard became the first and only member of Lorenzo Romar's prized five-man recruiting class -- once ranked among the top in the nation -- to commit to longtime Syracuse assistant Hopkins, who was introduced as Romar's replacement last month.
"With the release of coach Romar and the other recruits, I've taken time away to decide on what's best for my future. This next step is very critical in defining me as a student and an athlete," Nowell said in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday. "With that in mind, I've decided to put my faith back into my city and remain a Husky. I look forward to growing and developing under the leadership of coach Hopkins."
Nowell was ranked as the No. 56 player in the class of 2017 by ESPN, and 247 Sports tabbed him the third-best player in the state of Washington, behind only former UW signees Michael Porter Jr. -- the top player in the country -- and Daejon Davis.
After Romar's firing, Porter Jr., Davis and two other members of the Huskies' class -- Blake Harris and Mamadou Diarra -- sought and received released from their commitment to Washington. Porter Jr. and Harris committed to Missouri, while Davis signed with Stanford and Diarra joined Connecticut.
Hopkins replenished the class with the signings of two local products in O'Dea's Michael Carter III and West Seattle's Nate Pryor.
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