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February 6, 2008 at 12:11 PM

About today’s story

We’ve had some response today to my story on Tony Wroten, the freshman at Garfield who has been ranked first in the country for the Class of 2011. To some, it seemed like a bit much to do for a 14-year-old.

So I’ll let you in on the thought process behind this story. First of all, it’s rare, even in today’s ranking-obsessed culture (anyone see VH1 lately?) to meet anyone ranked first in the country for anything, particularly in sports. That Wroten had been given that ranking, among so many kids playing basketball is the country, I thought that alone was compelling. But also, he had carried a role that few, if any, freshmen have had on a team in the city’s history. So I was interested from the beginning.

When I proposed the story to the Wrotens a couple months ago, these are what I thought were the two main questions:

1) How do you become the top freshman in the country?

2) How do you handle being named the top freshman in the country?

You’ll have to decide how well I answered those two questions, but that was the intent. If you do get a chance to read it, make sure to check out all the extra content online. We have a photo gallery, game video shot by our staff and links to video clips on the Internet, not to mention an audio clip with his affable mother, Shirley.

Once again, the Tri-City Herald’s Rene Ferran has compiled the state’s scoring leaders. The stats, I believe, are through Sunday.

Morning stars (wild 30s edition)

1. Antonio Gonzalez, Kennedy, boys basketball. Scored 30 points in a big win against Mt. Rainier that puts Kennedy in position to tie Renton for the league title with win Friday.

2. Taylor Stevens, Marysville-Pilchuck, boys basketball. Scored 30 points in a 62-40 win against Arlington.

3. Vince Allers, Hazen, boys basketball. Scored — you guessed it — 30 points, almost 22 more than his average, to lead Hazen to a 79-67 win against Evergreen.

Tonight’s top games

Ballard at Roosevelt, girls basketball, 7:30 p.m. The Beavers can make their best season in school history even better tonight. With a win at Roosevelt, Ballard would clinch the KingCo Mountain division.

Edmonds-Woodway at Jackson, girls basketball, 7:30 p.m. Jackson can finish off an undefeated WesCo South season with a win tonight.

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