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Washington Basketball Recruiting Update: New 2019 Guard Offer


New 2019 Offer

Marcus Tsohonis, PG, 6’4, 170. Jefferson H.S, Portland, OR.

247: 3 stars, #286 overall; Rivals: 3 stars; ESPN: 4 stars

Other Offers: USC, Arizona State, Washington State

Coach Hopkins gave out an offer this afternoon to 6’4 PG Marcus Tsohonis from Jefferson High in Portland, Oregon. Tsohonis is a 3-star prospect who is the 289th ranked prospect in the country per 247 sports. The name will likely be familiar to those plugged into the local recruiting scene as Tsohonis played for Seattle Rotary this summer despite coming from Oregon. He put up good numbers there averaging 12.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game on 42.9% shooting from the floor and 28.8% from 3. That point total was 4th on the team just behind UW commit RaeQuan Battle plus 2019 and 2021 Husky targets respectively Jaden McDaniels and Paolo Banchero. He was 3rd on the team in rebounding behind McDaniels and Banchero again and 2nd on the team in assists behind fellow 2019 UW PG target Noah Williams.

Tsohonis already has offers from USC, Arizona State, and Washington State. Washington absolutely has to get another PG in the 2019 class and Tsohonis gives the Huskies another potential option alongside the offers already out to P.J Fuller and Noah Williams. Noah has shown clear interest in the Huskies as he currently has no other offers although that will likely change at some point. The timing of the offer is curious given the recent news on P.J Fuller.

Fuller announced this week that he is transferring to Findlay Prep in Nevada for his senior season. You may remember that he started last year at Mater Dei before transferring back to Garfield reportedly due to family concerns. There are realistically two options for this move (and they aren’t mutually exclusive). 1. Fuller really wants to get out of Seattle as soon as possible. 2. He needs to get his grades up at a prep school to play basketball where he wants to and that can’t happen at Garfield. It’s not impossible that Fuller decides he wants to come back to Seattle for college but having him leave the state twice during high school certainly gives the impression that he has no issues doing so for college.

Getting back to Tsohonis. The Huskies already have one of his AAU teammates on board in RaeQuan Battle and would love to add another in top 5 overall recruit Jaden McDaniels. Adding Marcus and maybe even Noah on top of RaeQuan might add some allure to getting McDaniels this year and Banchero down the road. You don’t recruit a player just to try to get another but with Marcus it’s an added bonus. Given Oregon’s recent success you’d have to think that they would be able to secure a commitment if they offer but right now it appears they’re setting their sights higher.

New 2020 Offer

Mitchell Saxen, C, 6’10, 210. Ingraham H.S, Seattle, WA.

247: 3 stars, #153 overall; Rivals: NR; ESPN: NR

Other Offers: Grand Canyon, Pepperdine, Montana

Washington also gave out an offer since the last time I gave an update to 2020 big man Mitchell Saxen out of Ingraham High. The Huskies brought in three centers who should be on scholarship when Saxen is a freshman (BPJ and Roberts plus Riley Sorn who will reportedly be walking on in 2018 and 2019 but then on scholarship after that). I don’t see them taking more than one big man in the 2020 class. Currently the only other realistic offer out there is to PF Isaiah Cottrell who at the moment is two inches shorter than Saxen but is a high 4 star prospect.

The folks at Dawgman caught up with Mitchell last week for an interview after the UW offer. He put up 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 blocks per game as a sophomore at Ingraham last season. Those are good numbers for an underclassman playing in the Metro 3A division against programs such as Rainier Beach, Garfield, and O’Dea. The two most important qualities for a center in Coach Hop’s system are rebounding and shot blocking and they happen to be Saxen’s strengths. He got moved up from the 16U team to the 17U team in between the spring and summer and so only appeared in 3 games on the Adidas Gauntlet. In those contests he averaged 8.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks per game in about 15 minutes.

In the above interview it certainly shown through that academics are going to be a crucial factor in his recruitment. The most likely scenario is that Saxen keeps the UW offer in his pocket throughout his junior season and then next spring he’ll see who else extends an offer once he’s fully on the circuit. UW is definitely the favorite among his current offers but if someone like Stanford gets involved then it’s a whole new ballgame.

MarJon Balling Out

MarJon Beauchamp, SG, 6’6, 175. Rainier Beach H.S, Seattle, Washington.

247Sports: 5 star, #21 overall; Rivals: 5 star, #21 overall; 5 star, #24 overall

Other Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State, Washington State

With the summer AAU circuit over it means that a lot of the local high school prospects are taking part in the Crawsover against some of the current UW players among many others. MarJon’s team lost in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday but he led his team with 28 points and 6 rebounds. And in the game before that he put up 30 points and 11 rebounds. The super fast style of play in the summer league means point totals aren’t comparable to high school or college stats but the move below certainly translates. Check out Beauchamp taking reigning P12 DPOY and Husky star Matisse Thybulle off the dribble and slamming it home.

The 2019 List (in approximate order of likelihood to sign with Washington)

IN A GOOD SPOT

Noah Williams, PG, 6’5, 175. 3 star, #291 overall (247 composite).

Marcus Tsohonis, 6’4, 170. 3 star, #286 overall.

STILL A CHANCE

P.J Fuller, PG/SG, 6’4, 170. 4 star, #53 overall.

Jaden McDaniels, SF, 6’10, 200. 5 star, #4 overall.

PIPE DREAM

Isaiah Stewart, C, 6’9, 245. 5 star, #5 overall.

THE BLUTARSKY (0.0%)

Nico Mannion, PG, 6’3, 180. 5 star, #17 overall.

Joe Girard III, SG, 6’1, 178, 4 star, #116 overall.

Brian Antoine, SG, 6’5, 168. 5 star, #10 overall.

Scottie Lewis, SF, 6’5, 184. 5 star, #9 overall.

Josh Green, SF, 6’6, 190. 5 star, #11 overall.

Wendell Moore, SF, 6’5, 210. 5 star, #21 overall.

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, PF, 6’9, 231. 5 star, #18 overall.

The 2020 List (in approximate order of likelihood to sign with Washington)

IN A GOOD SPOT

Lamont Butler, PG, 6’1, 172. NR.

MarJon Beauchamp, SG, 6’6, 175. 5 star, #21 overall.

Mitchell Saxen, C, 6’10, 210. 3 star, #153 overall

Noah Taitz, SG, 6’3, 175. 4 star, #83 overall.

Isaiah Cotrell, PF, 6’9, 200. 4 star, #47 overall.

STILL A CHANCE

Julian Strawther, SF, 6’7. 5 star, #22 overall.

Daishen Nix, PG, 6’3, 185. 3 star, #173 overall.

PIPE DREAM

L.J Cryer, PG, 6’1, 180. 4 star, #63 overall.

THE BLUTARSKY (0.0%)

Johnny Juzang, SF, 6’6, 200. 4 star, #27 overall.

Joshua Christopher, SG, 6’4, 190. 5 star, #12 overall.

Jalen Green, SG, 6’5, 170. 5 star, #1 overall.

Evan Mobley, 6’11, 200. 5 star, #2 overall.

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