After just one year as guard for the University of Washington, Garfield High School basketball star Tony Wroten has decided to enter the NBA draft.
Wroten told the Seattle Times that the time seemed right to make the jump:
“I have been talking with my friends and family and I just felt like this was the right time,” Wroten said in a statement released Tuesday by the school. “I love the University of Washington, but I just feel that it’s best for me to make the jump.”
Wroten, a 6-5 guard, produced the best freshman season in Washington history. He finished with more points (559), assists (130), steals (66) and had the highest scoring average (16.0).
His scoring average was fifth among all Division I freshmen, second among first-year players from the major conferences.
Wroten was the state’s top-ranked basketball player during his time at Garfield. However, his time at the school ended with a bit of scandal when Wroten and another athlete were allowed to take a fake Spanish class. This special treatment lead to the firing of Athletic Director Jim Valiere.