Yesterday, Tristan Etienne, a 2014 recruit, committed to the Washington Huskies. This is the first recruit for the Huskies from the 2014 class. While the Huskies may be excited about this commitment, for casual hoops fans, Etienne is not really a known commodity.
The 6″10 power forward was not a highly ranked or recruited player but he has a lot of potential to become a game changer. Unlike a lot of recruits these days, Etienne will most definitely not be a one and done player because he might get to see the court very often in his freshman year.
Pasha Bains, his coach since the seventh grade thinks that given time, Etienne will become an impact player for the Huskies.
“When you look down the road the next 2-3 years, he’s a kid who hasn’t been in the weight room much,” said Bains. “He’s had a couple of injuries that kind of stalled that and I see that as a good thing. These other kids have filled out already. He can probably put on 20-30 pounds as he matures. Washington likes to run and he can do that. He’s a really bright kid. He’s been a 4.0 student and he scored really well on his SAT. He’s just a really good team guy. I think Washington is lucky to have him.”
Hopefully Etienne is able to reach his potential, the worry is that he is injury prone, having suffered multiple injuries over his high school career. On the court, he is very much a developing player offensively but is able to be a game changer on defense thanks to his height and length. As our friends over at Husky Haul have written in their wonderful scouting report on Etienne, according to Pains, has yet to even begin lifting weights because of how much injuries have set him back.
It remains to be seen how he will do at the college level but hopefully the big Canadian’s injury problems are behind him and he is able to help the Huskies make the next big step in the NCAA.