Washington gets “commitments” from guards David Crisp and Carlos Johnson, which halts a wave of defections.
The exodus of Washington men’s basketball players halted – perhaps momentarily – Sunday when David Crisp and Carlos Johnson announced they’re returning next season.
During the eight days since the Huskies hired new coach Mike Hopkins on March 19, six UW players, incoming recruits or verbally committed prospects have asked for their release or are reportedly looking at other schools.
Crisp and Johnson are the first Huskies who have publicly said they’re returning in 2017-18.
On Sunday afternoon Crisp tweeted: “Just a hometown kid tryna put on for my city. There’s unfinished business so I ain’t goin no where! #NewBeginnings”
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And Johnson wrote: “As wars come and go, my soldier stays eternal and I remain a husky!”
Retaining Crisp, a 6-foot, sophomore guard, is critical for Washington considering he’s the leading returning scorer who averaged 13.8 points last season. He was fifth in the Pac-12 with 77 three-pointers, despite shooting just 36.7 percent behind the arc.
Crisp was one of two Huskies who started all 31 games, but struggled with consistency. At his best, Crisp is a deadly perimeter threat who drained five three-pointers and sank a career-high 31 points during an 85-61 loss at Utah on Feb. 11.
He also failed to score in double figures in six games, including an 0-for-7 shooting performance at Gonzaga and a scoreless outing in the regular-season finale at USC.
Late in the season when freshman star Markelle Fultz missed six of the last eight games, Crisp took over point guard duties and admittedly struggled running the offense. He averaged 3.1 assists, 2.1 turnovers and had a 1.3 assists-to-turnover ratio.
Crisp finished a miserable 9-22 UW season on a personal high note.
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