On May 21st, local Federal Way product Jaden McDaniels, a 6’11” wing, committed to Head Coach Mike Hopkins and the University Washington with a simple twitter message.
Daniels posted a Tipton Edits image, stating “I’m Staying Home“, and sent shockwaves from Seattle to Kentucky.
By signing McDaniels, Washington defeated Kentucky in head-to-head recruiting. McDaniels is the first local 5-star to commit to Mike Hopkins
Since McDaniels committed after the Letter of Intent deadline, he signed a Financial Aid Agreement with the Huskies.
The FAA binds the UW to providing financial aid to McDaniels but does not bind “JMac” to the UW should he change his mind.
However, the amount of time taken by the quiet and thoughtful McDaniels bodes well for him sticking to his UW commitment.
Mike Hopkins’ program is now officially in the recruiting big leagues with McDaniels, 5-star big Isaiah Stewart and 5-star transfer Quade Green (from Kentucky) ready to suit up in purple & gold for the 2019-2020 basketball season.
Altough McDaniels is expected to be a one-and-done player for the Huskies, this high profile recruiting victory is likely to pay big dividends with future high profile recruits willing to pay attention when Washington comes calling.
A new era at Washington has officially begun….