Matthew Atewe, a center/forward from Auburn with three years of eligibility remaining, is transferring to play for the Washington men’s basketball team after visiting campus the past weekend.
“Proud to announce that I will attend the University of Washington for the remainder of my college career,” Atewe tweeted Monday morning, with the hashtag #Huskies and #RealRecognizeReal.
Listed at 6-8, 230 pounds, Atewe would provide the Huskies immediate frontcourt depth. In a phone interview Monday with The News Tribune, Atewe said he’d grown to 6-9 and was up to 265 pounds. He plans to sign a financial aid agreement as soon as possible, and will finish his current semester at Auburn before changing schools.
Atewe played through his freshman season despite a fracture in his left leg. Following off-season surgery, he missed the 2014-15 campaign after re-injuring his leg in an exhibition game before the start of the regular season.
He recently told Dawgman.com that he is being advised to apply for a waiver that would allow to him to play next season. But typically, transfers have to sit out a season, per NCAA rules. According to a UW release, Atewe will sit out the 2015-16 campaign before he’s eligible.
As a freshman in 2013-14, Atewe, a Brampton, Ont., native, played 24 games for the Tigers and averaged 1.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 14.4 minutes in a reserve role.
Adding Atewe would help a thin Huskies’ roster after Nigel Williams-Goss, Darin Johnson and Gilles Dierickx recently opted to transfer. The Huskies finished the 2014-15 season 16-15 (5-13 Pac-12) and missed the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season.