Louisville in the picture with Tony Wroten

Tony Wroten, one of the nation's most talented freshmen, started the month of July strong at the adidas Take 5ive Classic in Cincinnati. Wroten, a teammate of Louisville commit Peyton Siva, is already getting lots of recruiting love from a bunch of high-profile college programs. What does Wroten think about Louisville?

The next in a long line of great players from Seattle's prep basketball scene, Tony Wroten has attention from many of the nation's top basketball programs.

"I'm hearing from a lot of schools like Louisville, Maryland, Washington, all the Pac-10 schools, Big East – Seton Hall," Wroten said. "There's a lot of schools right now but it's still real early. Right now I've only got one offer (Washington)."

While he must still develop a consistent outside shot and his right hand, Wroten, a 6-foot-2 lefty, uses his explosive athleticism to attack the basket and score at a high clip. He scored 23 points Monday against a talented Indiana Elite team that featured a pair of Indiana commits and one player headed to Purdue.

Wroten makes it no secret that he wants to be the best player in the Class of 2011. If he develops a three-point shot, he'll have a chance because he's got a killer instinct and possesses the ability to hit clutch shots. Continuing to hone his skills probably takes precedence over the recruiting stuff – at least for the moment.

"Of course (recruiting) is on my mind but not as much as it will be next year and the year after that," said Wroten. "I'm still young and I have two or three more years of this."

While Wroten hails from the west coast, Wroten's list of favorites has a strong east coast flavor.

"I'm interested in a lot of schools," Wroten said. "My Top 5 changes every week. I've got Maryland, Louisville, Syracuse, Villanova, Seton Hall and Washington. I could go on and on."

Wroten says he's very interested in Louisville – the school where friend and Seattle Rotary teammate Peyton Siva will head for next year. Besides the obvious connection with Siva, Wroten is also a fan of Rick Pitino and his high-energy system.

"First of all, Siva is one of my good friends and we like playing together. That's the big reason why Louisville's in my Top 5 and in the picture," Wroten said. "I like Rick Pitino and how they pressure and play up-tempo."

July is usually the best time to make a national reputation and Wroten got off to a good start at the adidas Take 5ive Classic in Cincinnati. He played well throughout the tournament, slashing to the hoop and scoring at a high clip. With coaches like Rick Pitino, Ben Howland, Coach K, Lorenzo Romar and Lute Olson watching, Wroten certainly took advantage of his opportunity.

"I wanted to (show) them…that (I'm) a good kid and I can do it all," Wroten said.


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