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Washington Huskies dealt double blow this week (Wroten + Ross)

Wroten joins Ross in departing early

With the news over the weekend of Terrence Ross hiring an agent thus declaring himself for the draft, the Washington Huskies would be without a big time scorer next year.

Now with the news coming out Tuesday morning that Tony Wroten will also be declaring himself eligible for the draft, the Huskies are all of a sudden in a bit of trouble.

Plus I got my Wroten prediction WAY wrong. Sorry.

Will head coach Lorenzo Romar be the next to jump ship? Let’s hope not, because that means that the Huskies program that we all have known to love, will be done.

An end to a dynasty so to speak.

There has been speculation of a Romar departure for a few weeks now, and on Sunday, it sounded like it was all but done.

That could have been just some sick April fools joke, but I personally think he is headed out as well.

Recruiting will be gone as well

If the news of Romar leaving is true, the recruiting class will most likely be gone as well. Romar is known for his recruiting skills, and a couple top recruits in the back court will definitely be needed now.

Tony Wroten & Terrence Ross

Will head coach Lorenzo Romar be the next to jump ship?

There is a handful of guards on the roster coming into next season, but none of which saw a great deal of playing time, except for the ever dangerous C.J. Wilcox.

That is if he decides to stay on at Washington next year. Of course I want him to stay on for his junior and senior seasons, but I wouldn’t blame him if he declared or even put in a transfer for another school.

Back to square one

So let’s assume that Wilcox goes too. Where does that leave the backcourt for the Huskies? That leaves Abdul Gaddy as the lone senior guard on the roster.

Gaddy has his moments, but I do not think that even with Wilcox, he has what it takes to run this team. And who knows what kind of philosophy a new coach will have anyways.

Will he let them run and gun like they do best? Or will he slow down the pace and turn them into a boring half-court offense? Regardless, the Huskies will be in trouble next season, with or with Romar.

There are three returning freshman guards for next season, Andrew AndrewsHikeem Stewert, and Alex Wegner, and yes, they were all under the recruiting eye of coach Romar, so they may be good enough to come off the bench to spell Gaddy and Wilcox.

But that is a whole lot of “who knows if these kids can carry the load” going on. We need a top recruit to come in and lead this offense the way that Wroten did last year.

Who knows where he will come from, but I hope that Romar recruited one, and that he likes the team that will be on the floor. Any top recruit will see significant playing time on this team next year, so that won’t be a problem.

There’s nothing worse than losing your whole recruiting class when a coach leaves. It can put a program back a decade if not dealt with in a timely fashion.

So long Tony Wroten, and Terrence Ross. I hope you have great careers in the NBA. Your time in Seattle will never be forgotten!

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