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At long last, Angelo Chol announced his decision to the world on Thursday afternoon, choosing to play his college ball at the University of Arizona over North Carolina and Kansas. Chol took his fifth, and final, official visit this past weekend, taking in a Washington basketball game with Tony Wroten and Hikeem Stewart. At the time, Stewart and Wroten were almost certain Chol was headed to Washington, but when it came time to narrow his list down to three, Washington was missing from the list.
Chol is a premier power forward in the class of 2011, ranked No. 10 at his position. At 6-foot-9, 210 pounds, Chol was the big man Washington head coach had been looking for in an effort to bolster the Huskies’ post presence in 2011. Though Romar’s recruiting class is already excellent, a commitment from Chol would’ve been the cherry on top, perhaps pushing Washington into the upper-echelon in 2011.
Instead, he’ll head to Arizona, where head coach Sean Miller is putting together an excellent program built on some of the best recruiting in the Pac-10. Chol is Miller’s fourth commitment in the class of 2011, joining five-star guard Josiah Turner, four-star guard Nick Johnson and four-star forward Sidiki Johnson. With those four in the fold, Miller has himself one of the top 2011 recruiting classes.
For more on where the Huskies go next, check out our Washington basketball recruiting StoryStream.
Earlier today, Chol was "a near-lock to pick Washington on Thursday". Later on, Washington is out of the picture.
Chol is set to announce his choice on Thursday, in an announcement that is set to be live streamed over the internet, but he gave a little bit of insight into his decision process late on Tuesday night on his Twitter account:
The superstar forward out of San Diego had visited most of the top schools in the nation, including Washington, North Carolina, Arizona, Kansas and Alabama. Coach Romar was hoping to put the big man in the paint to create a presence the outside shooting Huskies lack.
A little while later, Chol returned to Twitter to offer condolences to grieving Husky and Crimson Tide fanbases
If you're still interested to see where Chol ends up you can still watch his announcement this Thursday at about 12:45. The stream will be live at the KBC Sports website. If at all possible, Husky and Cougar fans would love to see him stay away from Arizona.
For more on Chol and Washington basketball recruiting, stay with our StoryStream.
Highly touted power forward Angelo Chol will announce his college decision on Thursday and the Washington Huskies appear to have the inside track for his services. Chol, a four-star forward out of California, visited Washington last weekend, taking in the campus with Tony Wroten and Hikeem Stewart, members of the Huskies’ recruiting class of 2011. Judging from Wroten and Stewart’s reaction after his visit, it appears Chol is a near lock to pick Washington on Thursday.
According to a report by Scout.com’s Evan Daniels (via Christian Caple from the Seattle PI) Chol will make his decision, and announce it to the world, in a press conference at Hoover High School. For Washington fans itching to watch it live, a live stream will reportedly be provided at 12:45 p.m., available at Kbcsports’ website. Chol has visited Washington, North Carolina, Arizona, Kansas and Alabama during the recruitment process and will choose between the schools on Thursday.
Chol has been a top target of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar, who’s looking to round out the class of 2011 with an inside presence. With Matthew Bryan-Amaning gone, the Huskies guard-heavy rotation clearly needs another force in the middle, and Chol could be that player. As a freshman, it appears Chol would have a chance to contribute immediate for the Huskies.
For more on Chol and Washington basketball recruiting, stay with our StoryStream.
Four-star power forward Angelo Chol visiting Washington this weekend, taking in the Huskies’ win over Stanford with Tony Wroten and Hikeem Stewart. Wroten and Stewart are already signed, sealed and delivered in Lorenzo Romar’s class of 2011, but are working hard to lock-up Chol, a game-charger at power forward. From all reports, Chol enjoyed his time, and is set to announce his college decision to the world on Thursday.
Though Romar put together a solid 2011 recruiting class, Chol could be the cherry on top. With Stewart and Wroten a formidable tandem on the perimeter, Chol has the potential to give the Huskies an immediate boost in the low block, especially with Matthew Bryan-Amaning gone after this year. It’s no wonder Romar has been after Chol so hard, securing his final visit before he makes a decision.
Chol’s list of schools looks like a who’s who of basketball powers, with the Huskies joining North Carolina, Kansas, Arizona and Alabama. If you ask Stewart, though, the Huskies are in for some good news on Thursday.
“@ty735: @HStewart_1 what % are u sure that Angelo will go 2 u dub”98%
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After months of hype, Tony Wroten, Jr. has finally signed with the University of Washington on National Letter of Intent day along with a very talented 2011 class.
Wroten highlights 4 players signed by Washington
Wroten from Seattle’s Garfield High School; guard Hikeem Stewart from Seattle’s Rainier Beach; 6-foot-10 Jernard Jarreau from New Orleans; and Andrew Andrews from Portland, Ore., signed with the Huskies on Wednesday.
While there’s been plenty of talk locally about about Wroten, Jarreau had a dramatic journey to Washington as well, as described by Todd Dybas of the Seattle PI.
Huskies hoops announces 2011-12 class, led by Wroten
Jarreau originally made a verbal commitment to Virginia Commonwealth University. He changed his mind and committed to the Huskies. The grumbling that came from the change was a result of Washington appearing to do the same thing to VCU that Kentucky did to Washington during the Terrence Jones saga, though the scenarios were different. It’s another he-said, she-said layer of the murky recruiting process.
Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune also describes two additional details that might affect the group of freshmen that come to Seattle in 2011.
UW Huskies Insider – » Romar names four-man class, 5th coming The News Tribune Blogs, Tacoma, WA
There are two asterisks.
Andrews might wait a year before enrolling depending on UW’s scholarship situation.
Meanwhile, a big man — strongly believed to be Kevin Davis, formerly of Todd Beamer in Federal Way and now at TCC — is expected to sign on in April.
Scott M. Johnson of the Everett Herald writes that this recruiting class ranks third in the Pac-10 according to Rivals.
For an a player-by-player description of the recruiting class, check out Dybas’ description at the Seattle PI.
For the audio of the press conference, visit GoHuskies.com.
As described by the Seattle Times earlier today, Tony Wroten, Jr. put on a show Saturday at the Clash of the Classes game in Beaverton, Ore.
During the video below, Wroten elaborated on why he chose to commit to the University of Washington.
"It's the best thing for me," said Wroten. "I can do everything in my home state that I can do anywhere else in the country. Plus, I love my city...I don't wanna go to somebody else's state and make them look good - I wanna put up my own state."
Just in case you were unclear about this "everything" Wroten claims to be capable of, here are a few highlights.
|Clash of the Classes: Tony Wroten lights up the competition|
But before taking the court in Hec Ed, Wroten has a much more immediate goal: "To win state."
Some of the best talent in Washington and Oregon take the court tonight in an all-star game at the Beaverton Hoop YMCA. “Clash of the Classes” brings together some of the best juniors and seniors from the two states, facing off in a clash of the borders.
Washington commits Tony Wroten Jr., Hikeem Stewart and Andrew Andrews will all take part in the event. Kyle Wiltjer, Gary Bell, Brett Kingma and many more division one commits are also scheduled to appear in the start-studded event.
Wiltjer, a Kentucky commit, spurned Gonzaga and chose Kentucky earlier this year. As a result, he jumped into the top-25 on many recruiting boards. The Zags did get Gary Bell, a cornerstone in their class of 2011.
Kingma, who saw interest in his services pick up over the summer, chose Oregon over Washington a few weeks ago. He becomes part of a huge first recruiting class assembled by Dana Altman and the Oregon Ducks.
The event kicks off at 8 p.m. at the Beaverton YMCA.
ESPN acted fast in light of today’s commitments by top 100 prospects Tony Wroten Jr. and Jabari Brown. Brown, who is Oregon bound, and Wroten, who chose Washington, both had a substantial impact on the rankings of their respective choices.
According to ESPN, Washington now holds the 18th best recruiting class for 2011 after securing three verbal commitments so far. Oregon, on the other hand, moved up to 14th, holding verbals from two top 100 prospects — Brown and Bruce Barron.
The rankings are by no means final this early on as many classes are just beginning to take shape. Washington is believed to still have two spots open for the class of 2011. The Huskies are waiting on top-ranked forwards Angelo Chol and Norvel Pelle, both of whom have UW high on their list.
With Wroten and fellow Seattle native Hikeem Stewart on board, the next task for Romar and the Dawgs is closing on the two forwards to round out the stellar class. Stewart has already openly stated he’s working on the two, leaving little doubt that Wroten will help his efforts.
While it may be the 18th best now, the addition of Pelle, Chol or both could easily make this the best recruiting class Washington has seen in some time. The two forwards appear to be holding off until the spring to make their decisions, leaving fans waiting and hoping for the best until then.
When Hikeem Stewart announced his verbal commitment to Washington, one of the first things he wanted to do was make sure his friend, and highly touted prospect, Tony Wroten Jr. joined him. Today that happened, as the Garfield senior announced he’d be attending Washington in a press conference streamed live on the Internet.
The Seattle Times’ Mason Kelley caught up with Wroten after the press conference and asked him about playing with Stewart.
“We’ve been best friends since third grade,” Stewart said. “We told each other every day since eighth grade we’ve got to play together in college. It’s true now, arguably two of the best players on the West Coast on the same team.”
Playing in front of his hometown has always been important for Wroten. Joining a recruiting class that’s shaping up to be a big one for Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar is the icing on the cake.
Brockman should know about staying home and representing his city. The former Snohomish High School star stuck with Washington for all four years, helping UW make two Sweet Sixteens. Brockman was a favorite for his hard-nosed play and unmatched effort.
Earlier this afternoon, class of 2011 basketball prospect Tony Wroten Jr. made it official by verbally committing to the University of Washington at a press conference at Garfield High School.
It's been a long recruiting road for the brash Wroten, who worked his way back onto the national scene after a serious knee injury suffered during a high school football game.
Here's a quick look back at some of the highlights over the last few months of Tony Wroten Jr.'s basketball recruitment.
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The delicate part is over for University of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar: he has now officially landed top high school talent Tony Wroten Jr. from Seattle's Garfield High School, who verbally committed to the Huskies on Thursday. Now comes the challenge: turn the potential into real achievements, and that means a deep tournament run.
Wroten is not only following in his father's footsteps by attending the University of Washington but he also joins a long list of local players to commit to the Huskies. Brian Floyd of SBN Seattle charts the successes and failures of recent local UW recruits and wonders whether Wroten might be the talent to take Washington to a Final Four.
They've had success before, riding the backs of players like Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy and John Brockman. They've also had failures, with one-and-done Spencer Hawes not doing much during his time in Montlake.
Washington heads into the 2010 season as the Pac-10 favorite with a stacked roster. With the addition of Wroten and another talented recruiting class in 2011, there's no reason to think that won't continue in the near future. While my school, Washington State, is trying to make in-roads with the Seattle area talent, Lorenzo Romar continues to keep a stranglehold on the area.
Seattle-area basketball prospect Tony Wroten Jr. verbally committed to the University of Washington in a live press conference from Garfield High School this afternoon.
"Unfortunately, I can only pick one of these schools. This is hard, I don't know what to choose," Wroten began. Soon after, his teammates revealed Washington shirts and Wroten put on a black University of Washington hat. In typical Husky fashion, a loud cheer erupted and people started barking.
The 6'4 170 pound point guard is the ranked 9th at his position (Scout) and 33rd overall (ESPN) in the class of 2011. Wroten chose Washington over Lousville, Seattle, Villanova and Connecticut in a commitment that is sure to make head coach Lorenzo Romar happy. Wroten stands as the jewel of Washington's 2011 recruiting class.
Wroten is a game-changing prospect with superior court vision and passing, while also possessing the ability to get to the rim and finish with authority. While his stock dropped because of an ACL injury suffered while playing football for Garfield last fall, Wroten has been hard at work to prove the doubters wrong ahead of his senior season.
Wroten is the second top-ranked recruit to commit today. Oakland, California, shooting guard Jabari Brown picked Oregon over Washington and ASU earlier today live on ESPNU. Wroten and Brown had grown close in the recruitment process, even attending a UW football game together, but ultimately went different directions with their commitment.
Wroten had narrowed his list to Washington, UConn, Louisville, Villanova and Seattle after Kentucky head coach John Calipari didn't offer him a scholarship. While he enjoyed his trip to Louisville, even saying UW and Louisville were 50/50 , Wroten's hometown school won out in the end.
Prior to the announcement, Garfield's marching band performed. Here's a shot of the announcement setup at Garfield High School, courtesy of Mason Kelley of the Seattle Times's Twitpic.
Hats for Lousville, Seattle, Villanova, Connecticut and Washington were placed on a table that featured Garfield's logo. Wroten was flanked by his family, including his father Tony Wroten Sr., and introduced by his high school coach.
Class of 2011 basketball prospect Jabari Brown announced his verbal commitment to the University of Oregon Ducks on ESPNU Thursday. "Next year I will be playing at Oregon University -- University of Oregon -- for Coach Altman and his staff," Brown said.
Here's video of Jabari Brown's commitment decision announcement. He puts on a black Ducks hat as he makes it official.
Brown went on to explain his decision: "Oregon landed me because they were the best fit for me. Coach Altman and his staff did a great job of recruiting me, making me feel at home, making me feel comfortable. My visit was great. They told me everything I think I needed to hear out of a school."
He also admitted that the school's close relationship with Nike, through the company's founder and Oregon graduate Phil Knight, "was definitely a factor" in his decision. "I love Nike. I've always worn Nike. But ultimately it was the coaching staff because I would never just use a school because of the shoe. I have to really feel comfortable there and that's how coach Altman made me feel."
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Jabari Brown, a highly ranked class of 2011 basketball prospect from Oakland Senior High School in Oakland, Calif., announced on ESPNU today that he has verbally committed to Dana Altman and the University of Oregon Ducks.
The decision was a big blow for Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies, who had targeted Brown for months. An athletic 6'5", 200 pound shooting guard, Brown is a a five-star prospect according to Scout.com, rated the No. 5 shooting guard in the nation. ESPNU ranks Brown as a four-star prospect, the No. 22 player in the class of 2011.
Hopes had been raised for Washington when Brown visited the school to attend a football game on the same weekend as fellow class of 2011 target Seattle guard Tony Wroten Jr. from Garfield High School. Also, fellow UW recruit Hikeem Stewart said he would attempt to recruit Brown to the Huskies after he committed to Washington.
Wroten is set to announce his college commitment at 3 p.m. this afternoon. Wroten teased Brown's commitment on Twitter Tuesday, leading to speculation that they might attend college together. It wasn't meant to be.
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Garfield High School senior Tony Wroten has something special up his sleeve for his college announcement today at 3 p.m. Since he set a date a few weeks ago, the highly-touted prospect has been scheme and planning, looking for a unique way to reveal his decision to the world. Earlier this week, Wroten said he had a special way to announce his intentions to those in attendance and watching live online.
What is it? Dawgman's Chris Fetters took a stab at the surprise on Twitter.
Could the Garfield star forgo the normal hat routine and instead reveal a Nate Robinson UW jersey? Anything's possible with Wroten.
Two hours and counting until Wroten let's the rest of the world know where he's going to college.
Last night we noted that local speculation had Tony Wroten Jr. and Jabari Brown possibly committing to the University of Washington together.
Percy Allen of the Seattle Times is thinking along those same lines.
Many believed Washington was a strong favorite to land Brown, however, he reportedly has cooled on the Huskies and is now favoring Arizona State. The other schools on his list include Oregon, Connecticut and Georgia Tech.
It’s curious, however, Brown and Wroten are making very public announcements on the same day. It could be coincidence or it could be something else.
Brown is set to commit on ESPNU at 2 p.m. Wroten will commit at 3 p.m.
Tony Wroten is one of the harder prospects to get a read on. One minute he loves Louisville, the next he loves Washington, leaving fans to wonder where he'll go. Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels expects Wroten to stay home and go to Washington, but admits it's tough to tell what Wroten will do.
Anything is possible with Wroten. He's said he has some tricks up his sleeve today, keeping everyone guessing up until the last second. Though it appears Louisville and Washington are his final two, the addition of hometown Seattle University is an intriguing possibility, too.
The one thing we do know is Wroten loves the attention he's getting. Whether making fans sweat on Twitter or finding a creative way to announce his college choice, the Garfield guard wants to be the limelight, making it impossible to tell what he'll do next.
We'll find out his intentions with the rest of the world today at 3 p.m.
According to Dawgman's Chris Fetters, Jabari Brown has moved up his commitment announcement, deciding to reveal his decision live on ESPNU at 2 p.m. today.
Brown and Seattle's Tony Wroten Jr. were scheduled to announce at 3 p.m. today, but it now appears they're staggering their commitments. Though not confirmed, Fetters speculates that Wroten may now announce his college intentions on ESPNU at 3 p.m.
Here are a few late-breaking updates on the eve of Seattle-area class of 2011 guard Tony Wroten Jr.'s college commitment decision.
First, Wroten reports on Twitter that fellow class of 2011 guard prospect Jabari Brown will also announce his commitment tomorrow.
As we noted earlier, Wroten and Jabari Brown both watched a University of Washington football game together in October and are said to be close. When class of 2011 prospect Hikeem Stewart committed to Washington in September, he specifically mentioned Wroten and Brown as two players he was trying to recruit to Washington. While there are questions about whether the two guards can play together, there's no doubt University of Washington Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar would love to land both.
In a Seattle Times chat on Wednesday, Wroten teased an announcement twist. "Whether I got to UW or Louisville, the way I announce is going to be very interesting," Wroten wrote. This statement, plus the news about Brown's possible commitment, is fueling speculation locally that the two will head to Washington together as a package.
With that said, when Wroten was asked specifically about Louisville, he stated that Rick Pitino's Cardinals "have a good chance like everyone else on my list" and that the Cardinals coaching staff had been in regular contact with him over the past 24 hours.
Wroten also stated clearly that he was "still undecided until tomorrow at 3 p.m."
When Tony Wroten released his final top-5, Kentucky, long thought to be his favorite, was conspicuously absent. There were plenty of rumblings indicating Kentucky head coach John Calipari had slowed his recruitment of Wroten, never offering the talented guard a scholarship.
Wroten took to Twitter Monday night and seemingly confirmed those rumors, asking Calipari why he stopped recruiting him.
Who knows why Calipari gave up on Wroten. With a stacked 2011 recruiting class filled with some of the top talent in the nation, maybe Kentucky had no need for Wroten. After an ACL injury and a lightened summer AAU schedule, Wroten has seen his national ranking fall lately.
His tweet suggests that Wroten wanted Kentucky more than the Wildcats needed him. If Kentucky had stayed on him, one has to wonder if he wouldn't have already committed to Calipari's Cats.
With Kentucky out of the picture, local program Seattle U entered the fold for Wroten. Cameron Dollar's been coming on strong with the Garfield product, even scheduling a late in-home visit a week ago.
With the Wildcats out of the picture, and Wroten left puzzled as to why, his recruitment comes down to Louisville and Washington. He said he's about 50/50 between the two and will announce his decision tomorrow at 3 p.m.
Stay tuned for more on Wroten as he heads towards his announcement tomorrow.
Earlier we noted a Jody Demling report that said Seattle-area class of 2011 guard Tony Wroten Jr. had narrowed his list to Washington and Lousville.
On Saturday, Wroten responded a question on Twitter about a reported preference for Washington over Lousville by saying "it's 50/50".
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, Louisville coach Rick Pitino and the rest of us will await Wroten's official commitment announcement, which will come at Garfield High School at 3 pm on Thursday, Oct. 7.
Is class of 2011 basketball recruit Tony Wroten Jr. down to his final two college choices?
Jody Demling of the Courier-Journal.com, one of the preeminent recruiting experts in the country, reports that Lousville has landed a commitment from Angel Nunez. In related news, Demling also reports on Twitter that Nunez's commitment does not affect Louisville's recruitment of Seattle-area point guard Wroten, who recently enjoyed an official visit to Lousville.
The University of Washington and Lorenzo Romar have been a constant player throughout Wroten's recruitment, given the school's hometown advantage and Wroten's family ties, but Seattle-area players like Terrence Williams and Peyton Siva have chosen Louisville and head coach Rick Pitino before.
Kentucky and John Calipari, who had long been linked to Wroten (especially by Wroten himself), no longer appearto be in the picture.
Wroten also recently had an in-home visit with Seattle University, but the school's lack of national profile would make a commitment there unlikely.
Wroten is expected to make his announcement on October 7th at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington.
Today, Wroten posted a picture of the magazine's cover on Twitpic. Wroten appears in his Garfield High School jersey driving to the hoop with a ball in his left hand. The Magazine's headline reads: "Put On For My City: Tony Wroten Jr. Reps Seattle".
Click here for the full size version.
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Earlier we noted that Seattle-area class of 2011 star guard Tony Wroten Jr.apparently removed Kentucky from his top five colleges and replaced them with Seattle University.
Wroten wrote on Twitter Tuesday that he was going to have an in-home visit with Seattle University.
Seattle University is enjoying a basketball renaissance thanks to head coach Cameron Dollar, who was recently signed to a long-term contract extension.
Earlier we noted that Seattle-area class of 2011 star guard Tony Wroten Jr. took and enjoyed an official visit to Rick Pitino’s Louisville and, soon after, apparently removed Kentucky from his top five colleges.
Although Wroten’s top five seemingly changes by the day, he did express more love for Louisville on Twitter late Monday night.
Scout.com recruiting analyst Chris Fetter revealed Tony Wroten's top five schools today ahead of Wroten's commitment announcement on October 7th. The list includes a few surprises, with a local school making a late push and a national power falling out of the mix.
Noticeably absent from the list is the Kentucky Wildcats. John Calipari and the Cats have been high on Wroten's list, making the omission even more surprising. For Kentucky fans that have been drooling over the thought of adding Wroten to their already top-flight class, this is a disappointing development.
Wroten visited Louisville last weekend and enjoyed hanging out with Peyton Siva and meeting head coach Rick Pitino. If there's a team that could lure him away from the Northwest, it's the Cardinals.
The addition of Seattle University came our of nowhere today, as well. Cameron Dollar has always been a great recruiter and it appears he put on the full-court press in the last month, swaying Wroten to drop Kentucky and take a serious look at SU.
With good friend Hikeem Stewart's commitment to Lorenzo Romar and the hometown Washington Huskies, could Wroten decide to stay home and join him? Stewart's been working Wroten hard and Romar has been recruiting the Garfield star for years.
With the way Wroten's recruitment has played out so far, anything can happen between now and next Thursday. One thing is clear: Whoever lands Wroten will get one heck of a player.
Earlier we noted that Seattle-area star class of 2011 guard Tony Wroten Jr. was attending the University of Lousville on an official visit this weekend. Louisville is one of five schools Wroten is considering and is considered, along with the University of Washington and the University of Kentucky, as one of the favorites. A number of Seattle-area players -- including Terrence Williams and Peyton Siva -- have played for the Cardinals.
This is unbelievable. This arena is the BEST arena. Handsdown. Including the NBA. Smh. CrazzzzZzzyzyyyyyyyy
Just had a GREAT dinner wit the louisville coaching staff
Lol what a night. Smh. Man I really don't wanna leave the ville today but I have to
Asked by one Twitter user to rate the trip on a scale of 1-10, Wroten replied, "15".
In the past, Wroten has spoken highly of Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
Wroten is expected to announce his college decision at Seattle's Garfield High School On Oct. 7.
Percy Allen of the Seattle Times notes that the University of Washington and head coach Lorenzo Romar have reportedly landed another class of 2011 basketball recruit.
Scout.com is reporting Jernard Jarreau, a 6-10 forward from New Orleans, gave a verbal commitment to Washington after initially committing to Virginia Commonwealth last week.
According to recruiting analysts, Jarreau is a project who will need to add some weight and muscle to a 190-pound frame. It's believed he has the skill set of a guard because he grew 5-6 inches since his freshman year. He also reportedly has a 7-3 wingspan.
October 7th is the big day for Wroten and fans of Washington, Kentucky and Louisville. Wroten will be at Louisville this weekend, where former Seattle baller Peyton Siva will likely host him. The star guard was also at Washington last weekend, taking in a UW football game with recruit Jabari Brown. Also in the mix for Wroten are John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats. UW and UK have a recruiting history that's provided plenty of message board fodder over the last year.
Stay tuned for more from Wroten as he nears his announcement.
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Jackson High standout Brett Kingma has narrowed his list to three schools, dropping the Washington Huskies from his list.
Mason Kelley reported Kingma's list on Twitter.
In Oregon, BYU and Arizona, Kingma has two Pac-10 schools and a program in BYU that's risen to national prominence. With any of three, Kingma will still have a chance to play near home, either down the road in Oregon, during the Pac-10 slate at ASU or in Spokane when BYU joins the WCC.
After Washington received a verbal from Andrew Andrews, it appears playing time may have been limited for Kingma. Washington still has guards Jabari Brown and Tony Wroten Jr. on the table as NCAA recruitment ramps up, as well.
Perhaps dropping Washington was in the best interests of Kinga.
Scout.com recruiting analyst Chris Fetters has confirmed on Twitter a Duck Territory report that Benson high school point guard Andrew Andrews has committed to the University of Washington.
In a move that left many scratching their heads last night, Portland senior Andrew Andrews verbally committed to Lorenzo Romar and the Washington Huskies. Andrews is an under the radar point guard that hadn’t shown up on any Washington recruiting sites until the surprise commitment.
This morning, the pieces to the puzzle started coming together. Duck Territory’s Matt Prehm, who originally broke the news, found out Andrews plans to attend prep school and enroll at Washington for the 2012 season.
Andrews won’t be at Washington for the 2011-12 season however as he plans to re-classify and attend a prep school following his time at Benson.
With Andrews, Washington gets a prospect who will receive another year of seasoning before stepping foot on the court in Montlake. It’s really a no-lose situation for Romar. Andrews doesn’t take a scholarship in 2012, allowing Romar to fill the void left by Tyrese Breshers and continue to target some of the bigger names out there. In 2012, Andrews shows up more physically mature and ready for the rigors of the college game.
In the meantime, Romar and the Huskies turn their attention to Tony Wroten Jr. and Jabari Brown, both of whom visited Washington last weekend. With a loaded crop of talent in the 2011 recruiting class, the Husky head man is on a mission to land a stacked class with their remaining open scholarships.
The good folks over at SB Nation’s UW Dawg Pound just finished debating how well Seattle-area class of 2011 point guard prospect Tony Wroten Jr. would fit at the University of Washington.
Frankie: Purely as a basketball player, Tony Wroten Jr. is the perfect player for Lorenzo Romar, as an athletic point guard that can create for his teammates at will. He can get the ball to his shooters for open looks, finish creatively at the rim, and get easy looks for his bigs as well.
Kevin: One thing that Wroten doesn’t have is the pure go-get it attitude and grittiness that some of these other recruits have. He constantly complains to referees and teammates and shows bad body language when things don’t go his way. However, I think Romar has been able to get every player to play hard for him. It won’t be the Tony Wroten show if he becomes a Husky. He’ll have to work hard to gain the respect of the coaching staff and his teammates.
Frankie: We all know how much he loves the spotlight. In someways, that could be good for UW, bringing attention to the program. But he also has had a tendency to get down on his teammates, and to never take the blame for anything. I’ve seen him give up in big games before when his team gets down. Wroten will not be a one and done player simply because of his diminished athleticism following ACL surgery. As a point guard, he doesn’t need elite vertical athleticism (something which, contrary to popular belief, he never had).
He is still a strong vertical athlete, however. The problem with the ACL tear is that after recovery, lateral quickness is what is most affected. Big point guards typically lack the elite lateral quickness to play effective on-ball defense. Wroten had that before his surgery, and that’s what made him such an elite prospect. Now it’s up to him to get back what he lost. He can still be a terrific basketball player, I think a good comparison for him is Shaun Livingston given his size, injury history, and court vision. Because of his pure basketball skill, I think Wroten should be Romar’s number one target for 2011.
Head over to SB Nation’s UW Dawg Pound for a full breakdown on the University of Washington’s Class of 2011 targets.
Youtube user futurehoops has uploaded a nice highlight mix of plays from a recent fall league basketball game between Garfield high school and Bellarmine prep high school that prominently features University of Washington basketball target Tony Wroten Jr.
Wroten, a highly-skilled point guard out of Seattle's Garfield High, is considered the best class of 2011 high school prospect in the state of Washington. In this video, he displays his ability to elevate, find the open man with some flair and get his own shot off the dribble.
Back in August, we noted that Garfield High guard Tony Wroten Jr. was ranked the No. 27 player in the class of 2011 by Scout.com, which prompted Wroten to tweet that, “rankings don’t mean nothing.”
Today, ESPNU has released its latest Class of 2011 Top 100 prospects and again Wroten is ranked below his true talent level, checking in at No. 31.
Wroten is one of only two Washington state high school basketball players to be ranked in ESPNU’s Top 100. The other is Gonzaga recruit and Kentridge High star Gary Bell, Jr., who checks in at No. 65.
On Monday, Wroten said he was still considering five colleges, including the University of Washington. Two notable UW recruits from California find their way into ESPNU’s Top 100: Guard Jabari Brown checks in at No. 22 and forward Angelo Chol ranks No. 75.
One final footnote: Portland’s Kyle Wiltjer was the only player from Oregon to make the list, checking in surprisingly high at No 12. Wiltjer had been linked to Gonzaga but shocked many observers when he committed to Kentucky on August 28th. Wiltjer is one of four Kentucky recruits in ESPNU’s Top 12, along with Michael Gilchrist (No. 2), Anthony Davis (No. 3) and Marquis Teague (No. 7).
During a Sept. 6 interview on BlogTalkRadio.com’s Northwest Sports Radio, Seattle-area high school basketball prospect Tony Wroten Jr. gave his updated list of colleges to host Jim Basnight.
“I narrowed my schools down to five,” Wroten said. “Louisville, UW, UConn, Nova and UK.”
Wroten confirmed that the only official visit he has scheduled is to Lousville on Sept. 22. He also repeated what he stated on Twitter: that his decision will be coming in “September or October.”
Click here to listen to the audio from Northwest Sports Radio, which also features an interview with Hikeem Stewart, who committed to the University of Washington on Monday.
Seattle's Tony Wroten Jr. announced on Twitter that he will expects to commit to a college program in the next few months.
Wroten also noted that Hikeem Stewart’s commitment to the University of Washington made him “more excited” to settle on his college destination.
Wroten, the best high school basketball player in the state of Washington, would be the crown jewel of a strong 2011 recruiting class for Washington Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar.
As we have noted in the past, Kentucky is also in play for Wroten’s services, as are a handful of other major programs.
As we noted earlier, Rainer Beach High School basketball prospect Hikeem Stewart has verbally committed to the University of Washington.
Percy Allen of the Seattle Times reports that Stewart will serve as a major advocate for the UW program.
(Who else may join this 2011 class?) “I heard Angelo Chol is one of the top centers in my class. I’m going to try to get Tone and Jabari Brown. If we get those guys, it would be real nice.”
“Tone”, of course, is the state of Washington’s best high school basketball prospect, Tony Wroten Jr. Stewart tells Allen that Wroten is considering Washington, Kentucky and Villanova.
For more on Wroten and Brown and how they would fit at UW, click here.
Chris Fetters of Dawgman.com reports on Twitter that Rainer Beach High School basketball player Hikeem Stewart has verbally committed to play for the University of Washington and head coach Lorenzo Romar.
Stewart also confirmed the news on his Twitter page.
Scout.com ranks Stewart as a three-start prospect, the No. 36 shooting guard in the nation.
Jackson High School standout Brett Kingma has narrowed his list of schools he’s consider to seven, with Washington and Oregon highlighting the favorites. Kingma, a 6’1 guard who plays for Seattle AAU team Friends of Hoop, recently received an offer from the Huskies and is scheduled to visit Eugene on September 18th.
Kingma is still early in his recruiting process but it looks like a close race between UW and Oregon.
Kingma, who helped lead Jackson High to the Class 4A state championship game in March, said he plans to trim his list again — most likely to five schools he will visit this fall on official recruiting trips — before his senior year at Jackson begins Sept. 8.
Of his seven favorites, Oregon, Washington and BYU “are the three that stand out to me right now,” Kingma said.
Kingma doesn’t come highly touted, but he’s been rising the recruiting rankings and attracting attention from plenty of high-major programs this summer. Stay tuned for more on his recruitment and the battle between rivals UW and Oregon.
For more on UW basketball, check out SBNation blog UWDawgPound.
It's fair to say that the Washington Huskies are in the poll position when it comes to Class of 2011 basketball recruiting in the Northwest. They have both of the top local products interested and a bunch of other Top 100 players on their radar. It's a good place to be but it doesn't come without a little stress.
Percy Allen of the Seattle Times notes that Lorenzo Romar won't be able to land all of his targets because he lacks sufficient scholarship spots and because the skill sets of top recruits are too similar. He specifically points to a pair of guards -- Jabari Brown and Tony Wroten Jr. -- and a pair of power forwards -- Norvel Pelle and Angelo Cho.
Recruiting is such a dicey game and the variables are constantly changing. According to a couple Pac-10 observers, the Huskies will land either Wroten or Brown because their games are similar and it's believed they can't play with each other. Not sure if I agree with this assessment because Wroten is a pass-first player who projects as a point guard in college and Brown looks to be a shooting guard.
The same observers said Chol and Pelle, a pair of 6-8 forwards, also won't sign at the same school because of their similarities.
I tend to agree with those observers who see Wroten and Brown as being too similar to both fit at Washington, as each will eventually dominate the ball on the next level. Certainly a coach like Romar could make it work. But both players likely know its in their own best interests to find a program with a little less competition for touches.
The real cat-and-mouse game between players, coaches and schools begins now.
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