Suburban seattle kid Jaden McDaniels passed on his "dream school" to stay home and play college basketball, choosing Washington over Kentucky.
The five-star recruit -- a 6-foot-10 forward and McDonald's All-American -- is ranked seventh by ESPN.com in the 2019-20 recruiting class, and he didn't covet the attention or spotlight that came with being one of the final big-ticket prospects left uncommitted until early Wednesday.
At 1 a.m. ET, McDaniels announced he would join another McDonald's All-American -- top-five recruit Isaiah Stewart -- and play for the Huskies beginning this fall.
"Sorry for the wait," McDaniels wrote via Instagram, with a series of photos that ended with McDaniels in a Washington uniform.
He averaged 23.3 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks per game as a senior at Federal Way High School.
McDaniels labeled Kentucky as his "dream school" in an interview about his love of the game, and had UCLA, San Diego State and Texas in his final five schools.
--Field Level Media