Garfield's Tony Wroten Surprised By Kyle Wiltjer's Kentucky Commitment

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Tony Wroten Surprised By Kyle Wiltjer's Kentucky Commitment

We've written a lot recently about Portland high school standout Kyle Wiltjer's commitment to the University of Kentucky on Saturday and how it shouldn't have come as a surprise. We've also noted that Seattle's Tony Wroten is the biggest Northwest recruit left on the board and he has been linked to both Washington and Kentucky.

Monday morning, Wroten expressed some surprise on Twitter at Kentucky coach John Calipari's ability to land Wiltjer.

DANGGGGGGG. #KENTUCKY got another commit. smh. how many scholarships does calipari have? this is getting out of hand now. lolless than a minute ago via web


Wroten's light-hearted question is a good one.  As things stand now, will there be room for Wroten in Lexington? Calipari has already added four class of 2011 recruits: Wiltjer, Marquis Teague, Michael Gilchrist and Anthony Davis. Perhaps the Wiltjer commitment opens a door for the other schools on Wroten's list.

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Wroten: 'Rankings Don't Mean Nothing'

Roughly one hour after ranked Tony Wroten Jr.the No. 27 player in its Class of 2011 Top 100, Wroten turned to Twiter to deemphasize the importance of rankings.

Bro bro. Don't even trip. Rankings don't mean nothing cu oce u geto college all that rankings stuff disappears. Tha ... than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter


Wroten is a tremendous player. Based on his talent and resume, he should be a top 15 player in the country at the very least.  But Wroten has become somewhat polarizing for his blunt honesty throughout the recruiting process. Fairly or not, his brashness -- some would say cockiness -- has earned him a reputation as something of a head case, which no doubt contributed to his placement on the list.

In the end, Wroten is correct. All that matters is finding the right college program and coach who appreciates his skill set. He should have no shortage of suitors during his senior year at Seattle's Garfield High.


Garfield High's Tony Wroten Jr. Ranked No. 27 In's Top 100

It's a rite of passage for hoops heads: has updated its top 100 basketball prospect recruiting rankings after the season season.  It's fair to say that 2011 is a shallow class for Pacific Northwest talent, with only two players from Washington and Oregon ranked in the top 100.

But those two players -- Kyle Wiltjer from Portland, OR, and Seattle's own Tony Wroten, Jr. -- both figure to have big impacts on the next level.  As such both Wiltjer (No. 19) and Wroten (No. 27) find themselves in Scout's top 30.

Percy Allen of the Seattle Times notes that head coach Lorenzo Romar and the University of Washington are pursuing both local players.

--- Romar and assistants Paul Fortier and Raphael Chillious were spotted at Friday's UW's football practice chatting with Tony Wroten Sr., the father of Garfield High's incoming senior Tony Wroten.

--- Add Kyle Wiltjer, the 6-9, 235 pound power forward out of Portland to the list of recruits who've received an offer from Washington. He told, he' s also gotten an offer from Kentucky, UCLA, Virginia and Georgia Tech.

Three other players on's Top 100 list have listed Washington among their schools of interest. They are... 

Both Brown and Wiltjer are also considering the University of Oregon.

No player in's Top 100 has listed Washington State as a school of interest.

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