Wroten talks Hoop Summit

PORTLAND, ORE. - This past weekend, the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit took place at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. Future 2011 Husky guard Tony Wroten, Jr. was only the third Husky selected to represent to play for Team USA, following Abdul Gaddy and Jon Brockman. Martell Webster, a UW signee, played in the 2005 game. Wroten spoke passionately to Dawgman.com about his selection.

"It always feels good to play for Team USA and rep for the state of the Washington," he said. "For the city of Seattle to have my back, I have their back as well. For the fans to come out and support me in Portland was great. It's a blessing to be out here"

For those that were in attendance or who watched on television, Tony Wroten, Jr. gave Washington fans a preview of coming attractions: He played 17 minutes and finished the game with four points, five assists, one rebound, two steals and three turnovers. His assist and steal numbers were both team highs. At the free throw line, Wroten was 2-4.

"Next year at U-Dub, it's going to be a totally different story," Wroten added. "For the little time I did play, Husky fans saw what I can do. Just imagine what I can do next year for a whole game. We plan to go deep in the (NCAA) Tournament next year."

Ten of Wroten's 17 minutes came in the first half. The tempo of the game changed when he checked in. The future Husky showed blazing quickness with the ball in his hand, and his passing ability was off the charts.

A couple of Wroten's assists came from penetrating into the key and finding the open man on the wing. Another assist came on a great outlet pass to Anthony Davis. Two elite-level passes happened while in the open court. For those that saw the game, you saw a small sample of why Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar is on record as saying Wroten was the best high school passer he saw last year.

"I tried breaking the assist record, but with the little time I had in the second half it was hard for me to do that," he said. John Wall set the record of 11 assists during the 2009 Hoop Summit game.

Wroten forced two turnovers by letting his opponent go by him and reaching for the steal, utilizing his long arms and quickness. For Husky fans, it was great to see Wroten promoting tough, on-ball defense, forcing his opponent to get frustrated. Romar loves players who play defense, and while Wroten will need to step up his game to an even higher level, he has shown signs of playing very well on the defensive end.

The second half was a little bit of disappointment in Wroten's eyes; he didn't get to see the court as much as he wanted. Although he only played seven minutes, Wroten was still humble and praised his teammates on the 92-80 win over the World Select Team.



"If I would have had 20 minutes, I would have had about 10 assists," Wroten said, cracking a smile. "I can't control the minutes I play, but I can control what I do with the minutes I play. I can't dwell on it because we got the win, and that's all that matters."

After seeing Wroten's game up close, the Huskies' future in good hands. Next weekend, the Jordan Brand Classic game will be held in Charlotte, NC - Wroten's last game before Husky fans see him in purple and gold. With the departure of Isaiah Thomas, Washington Hoops still goes on.

"I plan to put on a show on a show next year," said Wroten.


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