Wroten commits to UW; will rep the 206

Tony Wroten, considered by Scout.com to be the No. 9 shooting guard in America, verbally committed to the Washington Huskies Thursday afternoon over Louisville, Connecticut, Villanova and Seattle University during a large assembly at his high school - Garfield High School - in Seattle.

The four-star prospect is the third verbal commitment for Washington's 2011 class; the others are guard Hikeem Stewart from Rainier Beach HS in Seattle, and forward Jernard Jarreau from New Orleans. All three are expected to ink their letters of intent during the early signing period for basketball, which starts in mid-November.

Wroten helped the US U17 National team win the FIBA U17 World Championship by defeating Poland 111-80 back in July in Hamburg, Germany. In that game, Wroten had 13 points, five steals and four assists in 17 minutes.

He did not play basketball his junior season at Garfield because of a torn ACL he suffered while playing football for the Bulldogs. Wroten helped his team in 2008-09 advance to the Washington Class 4A Tournament championship game, where he earned MVP honors. Wroten was selected to the 2009 All-Washington State Class 4A first team by the Associated Press and to the Seattle Times All-State second team. That year he helped the Bulldog win the KingCo 4A crown with a 23-3 mark; he started all 20 games played and scored 17.6 points and 4.9 assists per game.

In 2008, Wroten became the first boys basketball freshman to be named to the Seattle Times Star Times All-Area Team in 30 years of selections. He led the KingCo 4A in scoring (20.2 ppg.) and was among the top five in rebounds (8.8 rpg.) and assists (4.0 apg.), while starting eight of 20 games played. Garfield finished with a 17-9 record and advanced to the state tournament that season.

In many ways, Wroten's commitment to Washington is a legacy fulfilled: Wroten's father Tony Sr. was a four-year letterwinner playing tight end for the Huskies from 1981 to 1984, and his mother is the former Shirley Walker, a track star at Garfield and Washington. His aunt happens to be former Garfield and Harlem Globetrotter star Joyce Walker - considered by many to be the best player to ever come out of the state of Washington, and one of his cousins is former UW hoops star Nate Robinson.

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