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.
He’s not ready for the NBA. He should’ve stayed another year, worked on his outside jumper and driving to the right side (he’s left handed), and helped the Huskies get back to the NCAA tournament.
Yeah, dude needs serious work on his jumpshot. Although I’m sure he understands this? I hope? Seemed like his shooting actually got worse thru the season.
Doubt he’ll be getting many points driving the lane among the trees of the NBA. Defenses will force him left and bottle him up.
But his passsing ability on assists, and court awareness, looks pretty good. Hopefully he hits the Summer workouts really hard and gets some good coaching.