Wroten Entering 2012 NBA Draft
April 3, 2012
SEATTLE - Freshman Tony Wroten will hire an agent and enter the 2012 NBA Draft ending his brief but historic career at the University of Washington.
The 6-foot-5 guard out of Seattle's Garfield High School is the second Husky in the last 48 hours to throw their name into the NBA Draft. Sophomore Terrence Ross declared his intentions on Sunday.
"I have been talking with my friends and family and I just felt like this was the right time," Wroten said of his decision that he decided to announce on the same day of his mother Shirley's birthday. "I love the University of Washington, but I just feel that it's best for me to make the jump."
The Huskies will lose their steals leader, second leading scorer and second leading assists man in Wroten. He also attempted 33 percent of the team's free throws.
Wroten was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and was a first team All-Pac-12 selection in 2012. He was one of five finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year award.
In his one season at Washington, Wroten set numerous Husky freshman records: most points (559), scoring average (16.0 ppg), assists (130) and steals (66). He ranked fifth in the conference in scoring, eighth in assists (3.7 apg), second in steals (1.9 spg) and was sixth overall in offensive rebounds per game (2.3).
His scoring average was fifth among all Division I freshmen, second among first-year players from the `power' conferences.
He helped Washington to a 24-11 record and 14-4 mark in conference action, including the Pac-12 regular season championship.
"They all said the same thing," Wroten, who is cousins with Robinson, said. "'Take your time and do what is best for you. This is a life-changer.'"
Wroten is the second UW freshman to declare for the NBA after their freshman year, joining Spencer Hawes (2007).
Currently, six players who played under Lorenzo Romar are in the NBA. Hawes (Philadelphia) is joined by Quincy Pondexter (Memphis), Robinson (Golden State), Thomas (Sacramento), Jon Brockman (Milwaukee) and Justin Dentmon (San Antonio).
"Husky fans are the best in the nation and I would not trade my experience here for any other college," Wroten continued. "It was great that I stayed home and I know the University of Washington will always be by my side."