Jaden McDaniels, one of the top prospects in the 2019 recruiting class, surprised fans with the announcement of his commitment in the middle of the night. In the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, May 22, McDaniels announced that he will be staying in his home state of Washington to join Mike Hopkins’ Washington Huskies.
The five-star recruit made his announcement with a message on social media.
Prior to making his commitment, McDaniels, who also held offers from Kentucky, UCLA, Texas, and San Diego State, was a star at Federal Way High School. The 6-foot-9 power forward was ranked as the top player at his position in the nation and the state of Washington, as well as the No. 8 recruit overall.
McDaniels joins a Huskies squad that is fresh off of a 27-9 record where they reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and claimed the Pac-12 regular season championship. The Huskies scored a win over No. 25 Utah State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament before they went on to suffer a loss to No. 3 North Carolina at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.