Tony Wroten Jr. verbally committed to the University of Washington during his press conference at Garfield High School yesterday. I decided not to make any posts prior to this monumental day in Husky history. My last post on Tony Wroten stirred a lot of controversy with reporters from Kentucky and Louisville. Now when you google Wroten’s name, articles claim he is cocky and immature. The sole evidence they provide is the post I made about Tony Wroten, and the confidence he has in himself. This could not be further from the truth so I decided to distance myself from the story as not to stir up any more drama in a kid’s life when he has to make a very important life decision.
Wroten Donned an all red outfit and pump faked to the Louisville hat before choosing a black University of Washington hat. Hopefully Pitino and the rest of Louisville nation were not insulted by the gesture. The four hats that Tony left on the table were Seattle U, Louisville, Villanova and UConn. It appeared from the beginning of the recruiting trail that Tony was either going to choose University of Kentucky or Washington. Wroten decided not to commit right away to Kentucky and in that time, four other highly touted recruits snapped the offers they had recieved. Wroten claims that he is actually committed unlike both Enes Kanter and Terrence Jones who both made verbal commitments to Washington but later reneged to Kentucky.
Tony wants to win right away and joining a good team was a major factor in his decision to come to University of Washington. Lorenzo Romar says that that Washington will be bringing in five new scholarship players including Wroten. The two other commits include Hikeem Stewart who plays with Wroten on Seattle Rotary, and Jernard Jerreau a 6’10” forward from New Orleans. Kevin Davis from Tacoma Community College has also committed but it is still unsure whether he has the grades to transfer this year or he will joining with the 2012 class. Davis is a potential one and done candidate to the NBA. The Huskies will likely fill out their last roster spots with either one or both of the highly rated forwards from California in Angelo Chol and Norvel Pelle.
Wroten will fit right into the starting lineup at Washington. Nate Robinson claimed on twitter that Tony Wroten is good enough to play in the NBA right now. This past summer Tony Wroten Jr. was named the MVP of the Seattle Pro-Am League over all the other current NBA players from the area. The Huskies will likely play with a three guard lineup which will fit perfectly with Wroten’s style of getting up and down the court by really pushing the ball. The lineup when Wroten comes in next year is largely dependant on the potential NBA departures of Isiah Thomas and Abdul Gaddy. Wroten will be able to guard the 1, 2, or 3 positions at a very high level. Wroten projects as a pure point guard at the next level. It will be fun to see the legacy Wroten leaves in Seattle. Hopefully Washington continues to get commits in the future from the states top talents like younger guys Anrio Adams, DJ Fenner, and Jashaun Agosto
Photo credit: Seattle Times – Ellen M. Banner