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Tony Wroten Jr. staying in-state

Originally Published: October 7, 2010
By Paul Biancardi | ESPN Recruiting

Point guard Tony Wroten Jr. (Renton, Wash./Garfield), one of the more publicized recruits to come out of the Seattle area, chose to stay home and play for coach Lorenzo Romar and the Washington Huskies. Despite coming back from a torn ACL in jis juior year, he continues to be one of the best high school prospects in the country

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USA BasketballTony Wroten Jr. is the No. 31-ranked player in the class of 2011.

"I love [Seattle] and want to represent Seattle and UW to the best of my ability," said Wroten, who chose the Huskies over Louisville, UConn, Villanova and Seattle.

Over the years of analyzing his game, it's easy to see he handles the ball with confidence, beats opponents off the bounce and carries defenders with him into the paint. Once he's inside the lane, he is a master at making the drop-off pass to the bigs for a quick dunk or the kick-out pass to someone spotting up from three. He also scores well over most bigs in the lane because the tall lefty is 6-foot-5, 206 pounds with an 80-inch wing span and powerful body. Wroten also has a respectable mid-range jumper, but his 3-point shot needs work. Regardless, he is a great fit in Romar's system.

"It was a great fit for me. The up and down style of play and them scoring almost 80 points per game is attractive," said Wroten. "Coach Romar is a great coach and the players have great chemistry."

The No. 4-ranked point guard in the country is the latest example of Romar retaining in-state talent and by landing Wroten, the Huskies jump to No. 18 in the class rankings. With Wroten and the existing players in the program, it is fair to say that the Huskies would have the best perimeter in the Pac-10. Isaiah Thomas, Abdul Gaddy, Terrence Ross and Wroten can all score and Gaddy and Wroten are excellent passers. With a three-guard lineup, the Huskies can continue to push the ball with speed and skill, while putting up points at an impressive rate.

While Wroten is a great get for the Huskies, he is not the only incoming player that will have a major impact on the Pac-10. He is the ninth ESPNU 100 prospect to commit to a Pac-10 program.

Paul Biancardi, who has been a head coach and assistant on NCAA tournament teams, is the national director of basketball recruiting.

Paul Biancardi

Basketball Recruiting