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Huskies officially add Jahmel Taylor and Mike Anderson to recruiting class
By Percy Allen
Seattle Times staff reporter
When the spring signing period began Wednesday, the Washington men's basketball team received scholarship papers from guards Jahmel Taylor and Mike Anderson.
They joined McDonald's All-America guard Nigel Williams-Goss and four-star prospect Darin Johnson, who signed letters of intent with UW last November.
Coach Lorenzo Romar repeated the words "winners, passionate and tough" many times to describe the newest Huskies.
"I think we have some toughness," he said. "I think we have versatility. I think we have players that love to play and are going to work and do everything in their power to be the best that they can be.
"If you don't have that foundation, then those guys don't improve that much. Guys that really improve are the ones that have a passion to be better. And I think all of these guys have that."
Washington's class ranks 29th nationally and fifth in the Pac-12, according to ESPN.com.
It's a major improvement in recruiting after last year, when the Huskies added three players who didn't play last season. Transfers Perris Blackwell and Gilles Dierickx sat out due to NCAA rules while junior-college star Mark McLaughlin left the team last summer.
Due to recent attrition in the backcourt (Abdul Gaddy and Scott Suggs this year and Terrence Ross, Tony Wroten Jr. and McLaughlin in 2012), the Huskies targeted perimeter players.
Romar likened Taylor, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Los Angeles, to former Washington standout Justin Dentmon.
"He's a feisty player who doesn't back down from anyone," Romar said. "He attacks the rim, and he can really pressure the ball."
Taylor averaged 22.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.3 steals and was the Division 4A All CIF-Southern Section player of the year. He led Pacific Hills High in West Hollywood, Calif., to a 29-4 record and the California Division IV championship.
Romar also raved about Anderson's versatility.
At 6-5, the shooting guard averaged 17.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists last season at Moberly Area Community College in Missouri. He shot 83.1 percent from the free-throw line, 52.6 percent from the field and 41.7 percent on three-pointers.
Anderson led Moberly Area Community College in Missouri to a 24-9 record and the NJCAA Region XVI finals.
"These guys are winners and passionate about the game as a group," Romar said. "As a foursome, I think that would be a way to describe them. They all bring a certain level of toughness, and that helps."
Washington has 12 players on scholarship, and Romar was unsure if the Huskies would use their one remaining scholarship. The signing period ends May 15.
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