Federal Way High School senior Jaden McDaniels pictured at the 2019 WIAA 4A boys basketball state tournament. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric

Federal Way High School senior Jaden McDaniels pictured at the 2019 WIAA 4A boys basketball state tournament. Photo courtesy of Senad Tiric

Hometown hero: Jaden McDaniels signs to University of Washington

Federal Way senior power forward to play for the Huskies next year.

Federal Way’s Jaden McDaniels finally broke his signing silence.

The 6 foot 11 power forward signed to play for the University of Washington, he announced via Twitter on Tuesday night.

“I’m staying home.”

Earlier this spring, McDaniels narrowed down his offers to just five including Kentucky, Texas, UCLA, San Diego State, and the University of Washington.

McDaniels, a five-start recruit, was awarded the 2019 McDonald’s All-American, NPSL boys basketball MVP, and earned a spot on the Jordan Brand Classic 2019 national roster this season.

“Jaden is an elite player, tremendously athletic for his size and is going to be a great addition to our class,” said UW men’s basketball head coach Mike Hopkins in his announcement Wednesday. “He has an unbelievable work ethic and a great skill set for his position, as he can do it all.”

Now retiring his Federal Way blue, Hopkins referred to McDaniels as a “local standout,” and said McDaniels has developed into one of the best players in the nation.

“He is the perfect fit for the culture we are creating here as we continue to build the UW program,” Hopkins wrote. “And we couldn’t be more excited to see him in purple and gold.”

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