A 6-foot-9 forward with three years of college ball has transferred to Washington to help stanch the losses of Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten, who are headed to the NBA.
Perris Blackwell, a three-year letter winner for the University of San Francisco, will sit out the 2012-13 season, per NCAA transfer rules, before resuming eligibility for his senior season at Washington, the school said Tuesday.
Blackwell was an honorable mention all-West Coast Conference selection after averaging 12.7 points and 6.6 rebounds his junior year for the 20-14 Dons. He is also one of six underclassmen, including another starter, to depart coach Rex Walters’ program after the season ended.
Walters told the San Francisco Chronicle that he knew of some of his players’ displeasure early in the season and expected some to leave.
“Some of their goals were not being met,” Walters said. “There are a lot of different reasons for why our guys are leaving, so I don’t want to go into each one, but we want to try to help them any way we can.”
Blackwell ranked 11th in the conference in scoring, second in field goal percentage (57.5% on 172-of-299 shooting), ninth in rebounding and second in offensive rebounds (2.9 per game). His field goal percentage ranked 13th nationally.
Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar expects Blackwell to be ready upon eligibility.
“No. 1, he brings a wealth of experience in that he has played three years of college basketball,” said Romar of Blackwell, who started 72 of 91 career games for San Francisco. “He is someone that you throw the ball to in the middle. He can use both hands and is crafty around the basket. He has a high, high basketball IQ and really understands how to play.”
Blackwell has 930 points for a 10.2 per game average and grabbed 540 rebounds (5.9 rpg) for the Dons. He recorded a double-double 12 times and is a career 55.0% shooter (353-of-642) from the field. Blackwell’s career highs are 26 points and 16 rebounds.
Blackwell played prep basketball at Etiwanda, CA., High School and was named to the All-CIF Southern Section First Team after he averaged 15.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game as a senior. In four seasons at Etiwanda HS, his squad posted a 98-26 record. He graduated with a 3.2 GPA.