Wroten near a decision

Tony Wroten spoke with Dawgman.com Monday, and he talked about his recent official visit to Louisville, as well as the details behind his eventual college announcement. The 6-foot-4 guard from Garfield High School in Seattle will make his declaration Thursday, October 7th, at 3 p.m. at his high school, and he wants everyone there.

It will officially be the end of the recruiting process for the recruit rated by Scout.com to be No. 27 in the country.

"It's great while it lasted. Next week it'll all end," Wroten said of the recruiting process. "I want to do it during a school day so the students can come too. I want everyone to come. I'm about 98 percent right now where I want to go."

Louisville, Washington, Villanova, Connecticut and Seattle University are the five schools that are vying to make those last two percentage points the biggest. The Redhawks have moved up the list with a bullet. "They've come on the last month," Wroten said.

Wroten took an official visit to Louisville this past weekend. He got there Friday and came back to Seattle Sunday night. "My main host was Peyton Siva," he said. "We're real close. I've been playing with him since the fourth grade. When he first got there thought he was going to have issues with the distance, but he loves it over there because they all treat everyone like family. He said I would be a great fit for the team, coming in to play early. He said he would love to have me play for Louisville."

Did he learn something new about the Cardinals? "I didn't realize the fans are that crazy," Wroten said. "It's a basketball city. They don't have no pro sports - basketball, football or baseball. When I went down there it was just crazy."

Adding to the allure was a trip through the Cardinals' new home - the KFC Yum! Center. "Honestly, it's one of the best arenas I've ever seen, regardless," Wroten said. "That includes the NBA too."

The 22,000-seat multi-purpose arena, built at a cost of $238 million, is set to open its doors in October.

Wroten also talked about Louisville's Head Coach, Rick Pitino. "He's a great coach," Wroten said, matter-of-factly. "He's trying to help his players to get better. He's trying to recruit to get a national championship. He's more than a coach; he wants to be your friend too. Even if I don't choose Louisville, he wants to keep in touch, and that was big for me.

"He (Pitino) said it's the perfect place for me because they run a fast-break offense, they get up and down. I could come in and start early, because they need a good point guard."

Besides Siva, the Cardinals have another Seattle-based native in Terrence Williams, and Williams is definitely talking up U of L. "Terrence was telling me that it's the school to go to," Wroten said. "Coach Pitino really wants you. He's a great coach and he'll get you to where your goal is."

As good as his visit to Louisville was, Wroten admitted it was nice to get home. His Mom, Sister and girlfriend all came to the airport to pick him up. "I was happy to see them all," he said. With one more weekend to go before he finalizes his decision, Wroten could take one more official visit - but does not have one planned at this time.

Here's a quick comment about why he likes each one of his final five.

Seattle University - "Coach Cameron Dollar."
Villanova - "Great offense and the Big East."
Washington - "I love my city."
Louisville - "One of the best coaches in the country."
Connecticut - "I always wanted to play with Kemba Walker."

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