“Diaper Dandy” makes his long awaited debut on campus
On the afternoon of October 7, 2010, Seattle’s own, Tony Wroten Jr. brought smiles and ruckus to not only the student body at Garfield High, but also to the Washington Huskies faithful, as he declared that he would stay in town for his university career.
How long that career will be, that remains an unanswered question for now, though Huskies fans can only hope that he stays on board for the full four years.
Following in the footsteps of fellow Emerald City natives, Isaiah Thomas, Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy and Jason Terry, Wroten is the latest and possibly most anticipated in a long pipeline of guards to don the UW jersey.
Possessing the height of Jamal, the passing of Isaiah, the shot of JET, the vert of Nate and the body of Broy (back in his Udub days), Wroten has long been tabbed the next great Husky, even before he pulled the black and purple team cap over his head that October afternoon.
Wroten, who missed out on his junior season with a well documented ACL injury, captured a state championship at Garfield as a sophomore and then on the heals of his rehab, helped the USA U17’s to a FIBA World Championship.
While his senior season did not end as hoped, a third place finish in the 4A playoffs should not be viewed as a failure.
Before Wroten and the Huskies make plans for March, a meeting with the Marquette Golden Eagles and the Duke Blue Devils is on the docket as part of the Jimmy V Classic.
Not only will the games be a test for the Huskies, but it will also be a measuring stick for Wroten who will prove his value early in the season squaring off against one of the Big East’s top lead guards, Darius Johnson-Odom, the nation’s top point guard recruit, Austin Rivers.
For fans of the Huskies, it might be wise to venture over to Alaska Airlines Arena as soon as possible, as chances are Wroten’s tenure in the Huskies backcourt will be short lived before he makes the leap to the pros and follows the long line of Seattle talent that the University of Washington has produced.