The Washington Huskies men's program landed its first addition of the 2016 class Monday when Burnaby, B.C., forward Jermaine Haley committed to the school. Jeff Goodman tweeted Monday that Haley's AAU coach Pasha Baines confirmed Haley's commitment to Washington.
Haley's play has earned him comparisons to Penny Hardaway, reports Percy Allen of the Seattle Times. Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar beat out offers from Louisville, Ohio St., Memphis and Gonzaga, as well as up to six Pac-12 schools for Haley's services. Rivals.com's Eric Bossi wrote two days ago of Haley's play in an AAU tournament that the six-foot-seven-inch forward made 'things look easy' but possibly yet lacked a 'killer instinct.'
This is not Romar's first toe-dipping in the near north. In 2013 another British Columbian player, six-foot-ten-inch Tristian Etienne, committed to Washington. Etienne played for Haley's same AAU team.
Washington is looking to return in 2015 to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the '10-'11 season. Haley could go a long way toward making future Big Dance appearances a reality - he is widely considered one of the top 2016 Canadian prospects behind Ontario's Justin Jackson.
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