Thursday, October 7, 2010
Washington Huskies land top prospect Tony Wroten
The Huskies just landed the very talented guard from Garfield Tony Wroten today. Wroten's dad Tony Sr played football for Washington from 1981-84. Wroten's cousin is former Washington great Nate Robinson. Wroten also went to Garfield where Brandon Roy, Will Conroy and Tre Simmons played in the past. Landing Wroten was huge for Washington but most importantly losing the in state star who has so many connections to the Washington program would have been devastating.
Tony Wroten is a combo guard who is 6'5" and ranked as the 8th ranked point guard in the country and 9th shooting guard in the nation. Wroten is a four star recruit who had tons of hype his early years in high school. During Wroten's freshman year he led the 4A kinco in scoring(20.2 PPG), top 5 in rebounds(8.8 RPG) and assists(4.0). Not bad for a 15 year old who only started 8 of the teams possible 20 games that year. After his freshman year ESPN and most recruiting sites ranked him as the #1 player in the nation. Not #1 at his position but #1 overall.
During Wroten's sophomore season he was just as electric. He averaged 17.9 PPG and 4.9 assists per game. He led Garfield to the 4A state championship game. He was also named the tournament MVP despite losing. Wroten was a top prospect again after his sophomore year and whispers of top pick overall in the 2012 draft began. Then his junior year he decided to play football for the first time in his life. He suffered a torn ACL in the first game of the year and was forced to miss his junior year of basketball. Wroten saw his stock drop. If not for that injury Wroten would most likely be a five star recruit.
This should end that idea that Lorenzo Romar can't land the big recruits. He has lost out on several big recruits in the past but facts are Washington isn't UCLA, Arizona, North Carolina, Duke or Kansas. The fact Romar is even in contention for all these top kids is huge. Lets not forget Romar has landed some big recruits of his own in Martell Webster, Jon Brockman, Spencer Hawes, Quincy Pondexter and last year Abdul Gaddy. Most of those recruits are just keeping the kids at home but in the Seattle area if you keep the kids at home you'll make the NCAA tournament every year.
Washington needed Wroten as they'll be losing Justin Holliday, Venoy Overton and Mathew Bryan-Ammaning and given how well Thomas has done the first two years he could be leaving after his junior year. The Huskies under Romar will always have talented players and now with Wroten the Huskies kept one of their own home.