Angelo Chol Commits To Arizona Over North Carolina And Kansas

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Angelo Chol Commits To Arizona Over North Carolina, Kansas

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.

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UW Recruiting: Jernard Jarreau Joins Tony Wroten, Jr. & Co In Signing With Huskies

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.

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Jarreau originally made a verbal commitment to Virginia Commonwealth University.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.

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See Tony Wroten, Hikeem Stewart, Andrew Andrews Play Tonight

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.

If you can’t make it to Beaverton, The Seattle Times’ Percy Allen passed along a link to the live stream of the event. You can find the video here.

The event kicks off at 8 p.m. at the Beaverton YMCA.

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Tony Wroten Commitment Bumps Washington To No. 18 In 2011 Class Rankings

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.

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Tony Wroten Jr. Picks Washington Huskies

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.

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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.

Wroten's decision comes on the same day that the Portland Trail Blazers announced that they would hold an intrasquad scrimmage at Garfield next week.  Blazers all star guard Brandon Roy attended Garfield.

For everything Washington Huskies recruiting, head over to SB Nation's UW Dawg Pound.

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Jabari Brown Picks Oregon Ducks

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.

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Brown's final four schools were the Washington Huskies, Oregon Ducks, Arizona State Sun Devils and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

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.

For everything about the Oregon Ducks, head over to SB Nation's Addicted To Quack.

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Tony Wroten Asks John Calipari Why Kentucky Stopped Recruiting Him

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.

@UKCoachCalipari aye coach. I just wanna know why u stopped recruiting me?less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

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.

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Tony Wroten Recruiting Update: New Top 5, Is Kentucky Out Of It?

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.

#ToneTone13 has a final five - Louisville, Washington, Villanova, Connecticut and Seattle University. SU? "They've come on the last month."less than a minute ago via web

 

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.

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Brett Kingma Commits To Oregon Ducks

Local product Brett Kingma, who held offers from all the Northwest schools, has given a verbal commitment to the Oregon Ducks.

Mason Kelley broke the news on Twitter this morning.

Jackson guard Brett Kingma has committed to the University of Oregon.less than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter

Kingma narrowed his list to Oregon, Arizona State and BYU earlier this week before quickly choosing Oregon. Head coach Dana Altman has received two verbal commitments in the last 12 hours, with guard Bruce Barron pledging to the new head coach last night.

In Kingma, the Ducks get a smart player that should fit well into Dana Altman's system. The Ducks may have a rough season this year, but Altman is off to a strong recruiting start

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Tony Wroten Jr. To Announce College Choice On October 7th

Tony Wroten Jr. finally ended the speculation about when he's going to announce his college choice, posting the date on his Twitter last night.

Just found out there isn't any school on the 8th so Imma make my college anouncement on the 7th instead of the 8th. Let people noless than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter

 

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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UW Basketball Recruiting: Romar Reportedly Adds Portland Guard Andrew Andrews

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.

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