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Washington keeps four-star home

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The University of Washington hasn't kept every homegrown star home under Lorenzo Romar. But, the Huskies have done a good job of landing local talent and they added another local star on Tuesday night when four-star guard Dejounte Murray ended his recruitment.
A 6-foot-4 combo guard out of nearby Seattle Rainier Beach, Murray has gotten comfortable in his hometown and wants to keep the tradition of hometown players doing well at UDub alive.
"I'm going to Washington," Murray told Rivals.com. "I decided on Washington because it is in my hometown of Seattle and I have a lot of love from people here and respect for others who have done what I'm doing. I have great relationships with the former players from here and they have good things to say about the staff."
Currently ranked as the No. 78 player in the class of 2015, Murray also received assurances from his mother that he was making the right decision for his basketball and academic future. It didn't hurt that staying in Seattle would make it easier for his family to continue supporting him.
"I sat down with my mom and we had a real good talk," said Murray. "I didn't want my family to struggle to get to games if I went out of state because I have such a huge family. Washington was a good fit for me school and basketball wise and it was a good decision because my family can see me play too."
Long and athletic, Murray is a playmaker off of the dribble. He is slender but hits holes quickly, is very good along the baseline and is a good enough deep jump shooter to keep defenses honest. For now, he's not worried about what position he is labeled as and he just wants to help any way that he can.
"At the end of the day I'm a basketball player so I'm going to do whatever coach Romar needs me to do," said Murray. "If he needs me to score, lock down the best opponent or be a rebounder and playmaker I'm going to do whatever I can to help."
With Murray in the fold, Washington is working on an impressive 2015 recruiting haul. Power forward Marquese Chriss is already a four-star prospect and will be making a big climb up from his current ranking of No. 76 in the class while Murray's former Rainier Beach teammate David Crisp is a three-star prospect with a big-time jump shot and Rivals150 potential.
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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