Nov. 10, 2010
SEATTLE -- University of Washington men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar announced that he has signed four high school seniors to NCAA National Letters of Intent. The class that Romar has gathered is earning national acclaim from many recruiting analysts around the nation.
"Three of the four kids are from the Northwest," said Romar about his signing coup. "We are excited about the class. We have three guards and then some height too. The class represents what we're all about as a program and will help us continue to move in the right direction."
Perhaps the biggest name and highest-rated of the bunch is Tony Wroten from Seattle's Garfield HS. Wroten was a member of the gold medal winning 2010 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team and a member of the Long Beach Press Telegram's Best in the West.
He has not played in the high school ranks since his sophomore season after sitting out his junior year with a torn ACL, but still managed to earn the nod as the state as Washington's top prospect. As a freshman, he averaged 20.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists in leading his team to the KingCo 4A crown. He followed that season up with 17.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists during his sophomore year in which he helped Garfield to a 23-3 record and the Washington Class 4A Tournament championship game.
At a recent Clash of the Classes all-star game featuring the top Washington and Oregon Division I prospects, Wroten scored 42 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out seven assists to earn MVP honors.
As good of a scorer that Wroten is, it is his passing ability that has Romar gushing.
"Tony has great vision and is the best passer in the country. He is a serious competitor that is a great on-the-ball defender that possesses great quickness. He can go out and score points if he has to, but is also satisfied going out and dishing out 15 assists and scoring 10 points."
Wroten hails from the same school that produced recent Huskies Brandon Roy, Tre Simmons and Will Conroy. His father played tight end for the Husky football team and his cousin is former Husky Nate Robinson.
Hikeem Stewart joins the Huskies also from a nearby Seattle school - Rainier Beach that produced NBA players Robinson, Terrence Williams and Jamal Crawford. Stewart is the younger brother of Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart - twins that went on to stellar college basketball careers.
Stewart was a second-team All-Metro member as a junior and helped lead the Vikings to the Class 3A State Tournament.
"Hikeem can do a number of different things on the basketball court. He has really good quickness, loves to play defense, is a great passer and more than capable shooter. He comes from a winning program and loves being a Husky," said Romar.
The Huskies traveled across the country to Louisiana to sign the tallest member of the 2010 class - Jernard Jarreau. The 6-foot-10 player from New Orleans' McDonogh 35 Senior HS, missed his entire junior season due to a broken wrist but that did not scare away Romar from recruiting him.
"Jernard is very unique in that he is 6-foot-10 but has the skill set of a three-man," said Romar. "He has a tremendous upside and we feel to get a kid from Louisiana with his potential is a real coup for us."
Jarreau began his high school career as a 6-foot-3 guard before growing seven inches.
The fourth player Romar added to the class is Portland native Andrew Andrews. The guard out of Benson Tech HS averaged around 25 points as a junior but went relatively under the recruiting radar.
"Andrew is a pure point guard. He will remind a lot of people of Will Conroy...he has that type of confidence and is that type of competitor," said Romar. "He is able to run a team and set your offense up, yet he is still a scorer."
Andrews may attend a prep school for one year before joining the rest of the Husky class.
2010 Husky Basketball Signing Day Bios:
Andrew Andrews (Guard, 6-2, 175 pounds):
Attends Benson High School in Portland, Ore. ....averaged 20 points and 8 assists as a junior...scored 11 points in the "Clash of the Classes", an all-star game featuring some of the best talent in Washington and Oregon...plans to attend prep school after graduation and enroll at UW for the 2012 season...played in the Rose City Showcase presented by Nike and the 2010 Hoop Xtravaganza, both featuring the top boys AAU teams, in Summer 2010 on the Inner City Players - Portland AAU Team...ranked 68th by ESPN among point guard prospects and is a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com...played in the Nike EYBL (Elite Youth Basketball League) and was called the "Breakout player of the day" by Rivals.com at the third ...second-leading scorer in 2009 for ICP Portland AAU Team including a game-high of 39 points during one contest.
Jernard Jarreau (Forwad, 6-10, 190 pounds):
Attends McDonogh 35 Senior HS in New Orleans, La. ...played with the New Orleans Elite D1 Ambassadors AAU team over the summer...missed junior season due to broken wrist...started school as a 6-foot-3 guard before growing seven inches...considered a highly-skilled player for someone of his size...ability to step out and hit the three-pointer.
Hikeem Stewart (Guard, 6-3, 180 pounds):
National three star prospect...Scout.com's No. 36 shooting guard in the country...attends Seattle's Rainer Beach HS...as a junior, earned second-team All-Metro honors...helped lead Vikings to the Class 3A state tournament...helped lead his Friends of Hoop AAU team to the Final Four in Las Vegas Fab 48 tournament...older twin brothers played for Division I schools; Lodrick (USC), Rodrick (USC/Kansas). ..has a twin brother.
Tony Wroten (Guard, 6-4, 205 pounds):
Member of the 2009-10 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team...Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West member...ranked No. 22 overall by ESPNU, No. 8 point guard by Rivals.com (30th overall) and No. 9 point guard by Scout.com...scored 42 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out seven assists to earn MVP honors in the Clash of the Classes Washington/Oregon All-Star game that featured numerous Division I prospects...named to the 2009 All-Washington State Class 4A first team by the Associated Press and All-Seattle Area Team by the Seattle Times twice (first boys basketball freshman to earn this accomplishment in 30 years of selection)...earned MVP honors at the 2009 State Tournament...had to sit out junior season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury during a football game...as a sophomore, started all 20 games played and averaged 17.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.6 blocks per game ...helped lead Garfield HS (Wash.) to the Washington Class 4A Tournament championship game, earn the KingCo 4A crown, and finish with a 23-3 mark... led KingCo 4A in points and assists...as a freshman, averaged 20.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game...led KingCo 4A in scoring and listed among the top five in rebounds and assists... helped team advance to the state tournament...in the summer of 2008, participated in the ADIDAS It Takes 5ive Classic, earning 24 points, including the basket forcing overtime against Indiana Elite One...Plays in the summers for AAU Rotary Select...picked up a majority of his 31 points off of deep three-pointers against Grassroots Canada...father played football at the University of Washington and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; mother ran track at Washington and Arizona State University; aunt, Joyce Walker, earned a gold medal as a member of the 1983 USA Basketball World University Games Team, was a two-time All-American at Louisiana State University and the third woman to play for the Harlem Globetrotters; cousin, Jimmie Haywood, played basketball at Oregon State University; cousin, Nate Robinson, of the New York Knicks, is the reigning NBA Slam Dunk champion.