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Washington nabs second junior in as many days

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THE RIVALS150: Class of 2014 - Class of 2015
It has been a busy couple of days for Lorenzo Romar and Washington. Sunday night local junior point guard David Crisp committed. Monday night, they landed 2015's No. 62 player Marquese Chriss.
A 6-foot-8 power forward at Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove, Chriss took an unofficial visit to Washington over the weekend and liked everything that he saw on and off the floor.
"I feel real relieved," Chriss told Rivals.com. "It was a big decision and I feel I made the right one. Not only are they a good basketball program with a good coaching staff and facilities, but if I don't play basketball and want to become an engineer they have a good engineering program. I went through some classes and demonstrations and liked what I saw.
"I liked it up there. It was real enjoyable and I could see myself there."
Under Romar, the Huskies have been known for letting their players play freely. Romar and Chriss' lead recruiter T.J. Otzelberger drove that home.
"I just feel that coach Romar, coach T.J. and all the coaches can help me grow more as a player," said Chriss. "I feel they don't have a lot of restrictions on their players and what they do and I like that. I feel you can play your game more."
An athletic four man capable of playing above the rim, Chriss can also shoot with some range and has plenty of room to expand his game. He's averaging around 19 points and 11 rebounds a game during his junior year.
"I feel I'm best when I get out and run," said Chriss. "A lot of big men that have been guarding me when I've played, I can get down the court faster than most of them and that's one of the advantages I can use."
In Crisp and Chriss the Huskies now hold a pair of commitments in the 2015 class. Chriss will for sure be arriving in 2015 but Crisp is originally a member of the class of 2014 and there is still the possibility he could head to Washington with his natural class rather than taking a prep school year.
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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