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Prospect Profile

Tony Wroten, Jr.

  • Full Name: Tony Wroten, Jr.
  • Position: Point Guard / Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-5 / 205
  • Birthdate: April 13, 1993
  • College: Washington
Memphis Grizzlies Round 1: Pick 25
 

Strengths:
* Good size for the point
* Can play two guard
* Strong finisher at the rim
* Good passer who sees the floor
* Good rebounder

Weaknesses:
* Jump shot has to improve
* Free throw shooting needs work because he gets to the line a ton
* Decision making/assist-to-turnover ratio

NBA projection:
Wroten has been projected as a later first-round pick in the mock drafts. He’s got NBA size, passes the ball well and is a good finisher, all skills that will help an NBA team. He’ll need to work on his jump shot, his free-throw shooting and his decision making at the next level. But he’s still young and has plenty of time to shore up any holes in his game.

2011-12 Season:
Wroten underwent arthroscopic knee surgery before the season began, but that didn’t stop him from having a strong freshman season and helping lead Washington to the Pac-12 regular-season championship and the NIT semifinals. He set school freshman records for points (559), scoring average (16.0 ppg, fifth in the Pac-12), assists (130, eighth in the Pac-12) and steals (66, second in the Pac-12). Wroten was chosen the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference and was also one of five finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Award, given to the national freshman of the year.

Key statistics:
16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 3.8 tpg, 1.9 spg, 30.3 mpg, .443 FG, .161 3PT, .583 FT

Cool statistic:
Wroten and Detlef Schrempf (1985) are the only players
in Washington history to record at least 500 points, 150 rebounds and
100 assists in the same season.

Reminds me of:
Iman Shumpert

What Insiders Say:
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar
"Tony came in with a lot of accolades and a lot of anticipation and people were very critical of him early. I think he has lived up to and maybe exceeded some of the expectations. I just thought he was a hands-down choice for [Pac-12] freshman of the year and the fact that he was all-conference and a player of the year candidate as a freshman speaks volumes as to what kind of basketball player he is."

What Outsiders Say:
Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins
"Most teams don’t have a guy that matches up well with him. He’s one of the best players in the nation. He’s a hard cover for anybody. If you’re bigger than him, he can take you outside. If you’re small, he can take you inside. He’s a tough cover and that helps their team. His ability to create offense for those guys gives them a lift. He plays with a lot of confidence."

Washington State coach Ken Bone
"Tony Wroten is one of the best I’ve ever seen at shooting a shot, and if it’s missed, he gets his own rebound. A lot of times it ends up being an and-one. He’s a 6-5 future NBA guy. It’s hard to stop that. … His instincts and his quickness are so good, that he reacts quicker than most guys and makes great plays out of missed shots."

Northwestern coach Bill Carmody
"Wroten ... woah. On tape I saw it and I said, ‘This guy is a superb passer.’ That was the right word."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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