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September 28, 2010 at 7:12 AM

Seattle U. cracks Tony Wroten’s Top 5 list, Kentucky nixed

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Got to hand it to former Washington assistant Cameron Dollar, the guy can recruit. Need proof? Check out the top five schools Tony Wroten (left) is considering.
In a recent interview with Dawgman.com, the Garfield High standout lists (in no particular order) Washington, Louisville, Villanova, Connecticut and Seattle University. No offense to the Redhawks, but they’re flying in rarefied air for an independent program that recently regained Division I status.
Kentucky, Kansas and Tennessee reportedly offered scholarships to Wroten. Georgia Tech, Memphis, Syracuse, Texas and UNLV were also interested in the 6-foot-4, 170-pound senior who is rated the No. 8 point guard by Rivals.com and No. 9 shooting guard by Scout.com.
Wroten hadn’t mentioned Kansas and Tennessee in the past several weeks and it appears as if Wroten’s relationship with Kentucky has cooled off. For months, he’s tweeted about how much he wanted to play for the Wildcats.
It appears as if the UW and UL are Wroten’s top choices, according to recruiting analysts.
Wroten said he’ll announce his decision 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Garfield High.
In the interview with Dawgman.com, Wroten confirmed he took an official visit to Louisville last weekend and former Franklin High star Peyton Siva was his host. Wroten described Cardinals coach Rick Pittino as “a great coach.” He was also surprised by the amount of fan support the Cardinals receive and enamored with Louisville’s new $238 million KFC Yum! Center, a 22,000-seat multi-purpose arena that sits on the banks of the Ohio River and is scheduled to open in October.
When asked what he likes about each of the schools on his list, Wroten replied:
Seattle University – “Coach Cameron Dollar.”
Villanova – “Great offense and the Big East.”
Washington – “I love my city.”
Louisville – “One of the best coaches in the country.”
Connecticut – “I always wanted to play with Kemba Walker.”
If you’re wondering why there’s so much fuss for Wroten, check out this video clip.
TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Here’s another highlight video clip of another UW recruit. This time it’s Norvel Pelle, who is rated the No. 1 center on the West Coast. He’s between 6-8 and 6-10 and Pelle has tremendous athleticism for a frontcourt player. Thanks to a reader for sharing the link on a previous post. Pretty amazing. Other schools reportedly pursing Pelle include: UCLA, UConn, UTEP, Kansas, Oregon, St. John’s and Arizona.

— Defending Pac-10 champions California lost 7-3 center Max Zhang at least for the first half of the season. The Bears announced he’s not enrolled in school for the fall semester and he’ll compete with Team China in the Asian Games in November.
— Former Husky Quincy Pondexter arrived at Media Day Monday with the the New Orleans Hornets and there’s a possibility he could see action at shooting guard. Pondexter is one of 12 new faces in New Orleans, which finished 37-45 last season, 11th in the Western Conference,
— You probably didn’t t see or hear from ex-Husky great Brandon Roy this summer in Seattle because he spent the offseason in Portland recovering from surgery late last season that repaired a meniscus tear.

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