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Huskies Wroten just another Garfield guy hoping to make stamp at UW

From Garfield HS To UW

This year the Washington Huskies are bringing in prized five star recruit Tony Wroten Jr from Garfield High School. With Wroten there comes great expectations.


I think fans should be easy with great expectations on Wroten. With the exception of Isaiah Thomas who was named Pac-10 freshman of the year no freshman has lit up the college basketball scene under Lorenzo Romar.

The Huskies saw big time recruits who eventually played in the NBA such as Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, Spencer Hawes, and Jon Brockman all struggle their freshman seasons.

Even recently guys like Abdul Gaddy and Terrence Ross have had their struggles during their freshman year as well. Wroten will most likely be no different.

Someday Wroten will play in the NBA and make the University of Washington proud but for now people need to realize he is only 18 years old.

The reason Huskies basketball fans are so excited about Wroten is because of the high school he came from Garfield High has produced some good players in the Romar era. Let’s start with Will Conroy who is the school’s all-time assist leader and was twice named all pac-10 while playing for the Huskies. He was a senior captain on the #1 seeded team in 2005.

The other player was Tre Simmons the sharp shooting specialist. Simmons was named first-team all pac-10 as a senior on the #1 seeded team in 2005 as well. Simmons was also the 6th man on the 2004 team which was the first tournament team in five years.

Tony Wroten Jr.

Tony Wroten Jr. At Garfield HS

Lastly, you have Brandon Roy. Roy is the best player ever in the Romar era and was twice name all pac-10 then as a senior named Pac-10 player of the year.

He was also a first team all-american and was drafted in the NBA draft lottery and has made three NBA all-star teams while winning rookie of the year.

Wroten is also related to slam dunk champion and two-time first-team all pac-1o Washington Husky Nate Robinson.

That is why expectations are through the roof for Wroten Jr. who will someday be a terrific Husky. Look for Wroten to show fans flashes and he’ll be a key member of the team. Just don’t expect there to not be any growing pains as well as every freshman experiences that.

In conclusion, Wroten is a wonderful talent who comes from a high school and has family who have built this program to where it is today.

Just remember to let Wroten spread his wings on his own and to not put lofty epectations on him.

Wroten will make some highligh reel plays this season and will start on an NCAA tournament team.

He’ll be playing in the NBA and possibly in the All-Star someday as well.

He is also just 18 years old so hopefully the fans will remember that when he has his growing pains.

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