Marysville Pilchuck’s Raequan Battle (center) takes a shot as Shorecrest’s Chris Lee (left) and Eladio Fountain (right) defend during a game at Shorecrest High School in January. (Ian Terry / The Herald)

Marysville Pilchuck’s Raequan Battle (center) takes a shot as Shorecrest’s Chris Lee (left) and Eladio Fountain (right) defend during a game at Shorecrest High School in January. (Ian Terry / The Herald)

Marysville Pilchuck basketball standout commits to UW

RaeQuan Battle calls the chance to play at Washington ‘a dream come true.’

RaeQuan Battle has committed to play basketball at the University of Washington.

The Marysville Pilchuck junior standout announced his verbal commitment Wednesday night on Twitter with a photo of him in a Huskies uniform.

“It feels great,” Battle said. “I really feel like I’m sleepwalking. It’s a dream come true — my dream college and the game I love to play.”

Battle, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, is listed as a four-star recruit by 247Sports.com’s composite ratings. Among the 2019 class, he is the No. 5 prospect in Washington state and No. 138 in the nation.

Battle chose Washington over an offer from the University of Houston and reported interest from the University of Oklahoma.

“I’m kind of a homebody,” said Battle, who is a member of the Tulalip Tribes. “I wouldn’t mind leaving the state, but I’m too close to home. My support system is amazing. Every time I come out to one of our home basketball games, the stands are just filled (with people) rooting for me and my other teammates.

“I can’t (go far from) the Tulalip reservation,” he added. “They’re my biggest support. All the young kids at the Tulalip Boys & Girls Club — that’s where I started basketball. (When) I go down there … they ask for an autograph or take a picture. They’ll just hang out with me, and I want to do that through college as well.”

Battle averaged 21.4 points and eight rebounds per game for Marysville Pilchuck this past season, leading the Tomahawks to the Class 3A state regionals and the program’s first district title in nearly three decades. He scored 30-plus points four times, including a season-high 39 in a Jan. 2 win over Lynnwood.

Battle has excelled on the national AAU circuit this spring, averaging 11.8 points per game for Seattle Rotary while playing at various locations across the country as part of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.

Battle said the Huskies have shown interest in him since the beginning of his sophomore year, but that he received a surge in overall recruiting interest after the EYBL got underway. His first scholarship offer came from Washington earlier this month.

The Huskies went 21-13 this past season under first-year coach Mike Hopkins, who guided the program to 20-plus wins for the first time since 2011-12.

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