How Luis Kortright fits into UW basketball


In pictures of Luis Kortright from his previous college basketball stops, he is constantly seen sliding, diving and flying after basketballs, showing that he has a lot of innate ambition when he joins Danny Sprinkle's first team at the University of Washington.

The distance he will travel from his last stop at the University of Rhode Island to the UW alone – 3,010 miles – shows that he has a lot of perseverance when it comes to finding the right basketball environment for himself.

This week, the school announced that the 6-foot-3 Kortright had completed paperwork at Montlake, making him the sixth new player to officially join the Huskies' Sprinkle-coached roster while 10 more players are on the way.

“Luis is big and physical and has demonstrated his ability to score goals and pass at the D1 level,” Sprinkle said in a statement about the player's arrival.

Luis Kortright shows great commitment in hunting for a loose ball.

Luis Kortright shows great effort chasing a loose ball. / Kris Craig / USA TODAY NETWORK

The 6'3″ Kortright averaged 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3.7 assists and started 31 of 32 games for the Rams, who recorded a 12-20 record.

He is one of six new guards for the Huskies, whose backcourt has undergone a complete transformation since the fired Mike Hopkins moved to Sprinkle.

Kortright will compete for a starting spot at UW with 6-foot-1 DJ Davis, who is transferring from Butler, 6-foot-5 Mekhi Mason, who is transferring from Rice, 6-foot-4 Tyree Ihenacho, who is transferring from North Dakota, and two 6-foot-4 freshmen, Zoom Diallo of Tacoma, Washington, and Jase Butler of Point Reyes Station, California.

Rhode Island guard Luis Kortright (1) attempts a layup against the Providence Friars.

Rhode Island guard Luis Kortright (1) attempts a layup against the Providence Friars. / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Given their college experience, Kortright and Davis, who scored 13.5 points last season, could easily form a game-opening duo. They're both seniors. Well used.

Among the new veteran guards, Mason started 77 of 77 games at Rice, Davis started 69 of 116 at UC Irvine and Butler, Ihennacho started 41 of 60 at North Dakota and James Madison, and Kortright started 43 of 103 at Rhode Island and Quinnipiac.

“We are looking forward to having our guard group compete in practice,” Sprinkle said.

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