Washington basketball just got a little bit better.

The Huskies dipped into the transfer portal Monday afternoon and landed former Southland Rookie of the Year Nate Calmese out of Lamar. Calmese was the lone bright spot on a Lamar team that was among the worst in the nation last season, finishing 9-22.

The 6-2 SG freshman is an elite scorer who averaged over 17 points per game in 2022. He was also a solid defender and should hold up well against power conference opponents, averaging 1.2 steals per game.

What’s most impressive about Calmese, apart from the fact that he was one of the top freshmen in the nation last season, is his ability to score at all 3 levels. He shot 36% from beyond the 3-point line, just over 55% from 2-point range and prefers to work inside out, meaning he’s much more than just a spot-up 3&D shooting guard.

He finished last season as the nation’s 2nd-leading freshman scorer behind Alabama’s Brandon Miller. Pretty decent company!

Calmese is the 4th incoming transfer commitment for the Huskies, joining former Kentucky guard Sahvir Wheeler, former Fresno State guard Anthony Holland and former Portland forward Moses Wood.