Washington Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar has lived and died by local products during his tenure at UW. With Tony Wroten the latest highly touted player from Seattle to commit to the Huskies, will UW finally break through and make the 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.
Let's take a look at the history of Seattle players at Washington and Wroten's potential at UW.
- Brandon Roy: Two-straight Sweet Sixteen appearance (2005, 2006), Pac-10 Tournament Championship (2005)
- Nate Robinson: Two-straight NCAA tournament appearances (2004, 2005), Sweet Sixteen (2005), Pac-10 Tournament Championship (2005)
- Spencer Hawes: No NCAA tournament appearances. 19-13 record good for 7th place in the Pac-10.
- John Brockman: Two NCAA appearances (2006, 2010), Sweet Sixteen (2006)
- Isaiah Thomas: Two-straight NCAA appearances (2009, 2010), Sweet Sixteen (2010). To be continued...
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.
Can Wroten join Husky legends like Roy, Robinson and Brockman in taking the Huskies to new levels? He'll get his shot next year in Montlake.