Thursday, July 4, 2013
Huskies add Canadian PF Etienne
By Dave Telep
The Washington Huskies are on the board in the Class of 2014. Lorenzo Romar went north into Vancouver and secured a pledge on Thursday from power forward Tristan Etienne out of W.J. Mouat in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
The 6-foot-10 Etienne visited Washington unofficially three times; the most recent trip to Seattle was for the Huskies' annual alumni game. Once the Huskies offered, Etienne accepted immediately.
Power forward Tristan Etienne is Washington's first pledge in the Class of 2014.
“They talked about how I have great potential and ability and they want me to work hard and help out the organization in whatever way I can,” Etienne said.
Etienne is coached by Pasha Bains, a former Clemson standout who now operates Drive Basketball in Canada.
“Washington’s been on him since Grade 9,” Bains said. “They’ve been on him for years, and Tristan’s always wanted to go there. They pulled the trigger and offered him today and he accepted on the spot. He mainly plays in the Northwest but hasn’t gone out East much. He’s a little unknown on that end.
“He’s a 6-10 kid that can really move. He’s got good timing on shot blocks, and he’s mobile for a big guy. He’s a hustler, hard worker and I think he’s got a ton of upside. His best days are ahead of him for sure.”
Washington State came charging at Etienne, as did Portland, Portland State, Hawaii, UC-Irvine and Utah.
Here’s where Washington’s addition carries weight. It’s going to be difficult finding size and skill in July. Nationally, the number of power forwards is down, and the depth simply isn’t there at the position. Surely the Huskies took a tour of their targets and figured Etienne brought too much to the table given what was out there in the U.S. high schools and grassroots system. So they took a Canadian they’ve scouted extensively and conducted research on.