Washington’s bright future remains intact as three solid recruits from Tia Jackson’s regime still plan to attend the school despite a coaching change. Stephanie Rempe, UW senior associate athletic director, said she spoke with the players after Jackson resigned March 14 with one year remaining on her contract.
In addition to complementing the players on their composure, Rempe said the trio had faith Washington would find a good replacement. Forwards Talia Walton (Federal Way High), Aminah Williams (Kennedy High) and PG Jazmine Davis (San Jose, Calif.) were regarded as Jackson’s best class since taking the position in 2007.
Walton, a 6-foot-2 wing chosen to the 2011 Star Times all-area team along with Williams, told me she cried when Jackson contacted her to notify her of the coach’s decision. She just wanted a quality replacement and Washington appears to have that in former Xavier coach Kevin McGuff, who was introduced to the media and current team on Tuesday.
“My first impression is I’m excited,” said returning post Mackenzie Argens. McGuff hadn’t spoken with recruits as of Tuesday afternoon. “It’s a little weird (going into my senior season with a new coach), but I’m excited for this change. We’re going to be awesome next year.”
As for rumors that Bellarmine Prep PG Sarah Hartwell is seeking a release from her letter of intent to play at Xavier, it wasn’t confirmed. Washington was honoring a scholarship for redshirt sophomore Liz Lay, whose career ended due to chronic knee injuries. UW could use one more scholarship for Hartwell, especially since it will graduate five seniors next year.
Freshman Mercedes Wetmore is the only returning PG on the Huskies’ roster.
McGuff will return to Cincinnati on Wednesday and return next week to begin work with his new program. Xavier will hold its banquet on April 20, but the coach didn’t say whether he was attending.
*PHOTO CREDIT: Talia Walton shooting by Glenn Nelson of ESPN.com