Friday, July 5, 2013
Etienne gives UW strong start to 2014
By Nic Reiner
Washington secured a commitment yesterday from 2014 Canadian PF Tristan Etienne (Abbotsford, BC/W.J. Mouat). The 6-foot-10 Etienne is the first 2014 commit for the Huskies and the first impact player from Canada since Todd MacCulloch was at UW from 1995-1999.
We recently speculated in-state rival Washington State was the favorite for the big man. Though Wazzou came charging late, it sounds like the Huskies had been the front runner for some time. By his own account, UW was Etienne's dream school and he immediately pounced on the offer once it was made.
“Growing up as a kid when I started watching the NCAA, Washington was a school that I took a liking too,” Etienne told the Seattle Times' Percy Allen. “When I realized I had a chance to go D-1, it was the school I was shooting for and the school I was dreaming about. I’m just so happy I had the opportunity to go there and play.”
Etienne reportedly visited UW three times, the last and arguably most impactful of which was the Huskies' wildly successful alumni game two weekends ago.
A great shot blocker, Etienne is fluid for his size, rebounds well, and has shooting ability, according to his AAU coach Pasha Bains.
Bains also shed some light on Washington's standing in British Columbia. “Washington has a very good reputation here,” Bains said. “A lot of kids look at that as a dream...To be completely honest there’s very few kids here that could go from B.C. and play at Washington.
Portland, Portland State, Hawaii, UC-Irvine and Utah were also in the mix for the big man.