Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Seattle prep guard Knight chooses UW over Kansas


Cross one high schooler off Kansas University's men's basketball recruiting list.

Erroll Knight, a 6-6 shooting guard from Chief Sealth High School Seattle, Wash., has given a verbal commitment to the University of Washington and coach Bob Bender.

"My mom talked to me and said she wanted me to stay close to home," Knight told the Washington recruiting network. "So I thought, `Why go to Kansas (on Oct. 31 visit) if I knew I was coming here.' I pretty much wanted to go to Washington last year. I waited for the right moment."

He is the second recruit to commit to UW in the past three days and the sixth player the Huskies have received an oral commitment from this summer. Jeffrey Day, a 6-10 forward for Seattle Prep, committed last Friday.

Knight and Day join 6-9 forward Mike Jensen from Covington's Kentwood High School, 6-9 Anthony Washington from Garfield High, 6-7 swingman Doug Wrenn, a former all-state player from O'Dea who is transferring from Connecticut, and 6-7, 300-pound Josh Williams from Yakima's Davis High. All are schools in Washington.

"I think our team is going to be unstoppable," Knight said. "It might be the best class on the West Coast. I'm extremely excited about this class and I just knew I wanted to be a part of it."

Knight has yet to record a qualifying score on standardized tests. He also considered Syracuse, Texas and Louisville. He is taking an SAT prep class and will be retaking it in October. He fell 40 points shy last time.

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