Photo credit: Seattle Times – Jim Bates
A few notes from Tony Wroten’s live chat this afternoon.
At one point, the Garfield High star (above) he said he hadn’t made a decision about his college choice and won’t know until he makes an announcement at a 3 p.m. news gathering at his high school. However minutes later, he said about a handful of people, including family members know where he’s going to school next year.
Wroten said he won’t follow in the footsteps of Terrence Jones, who committed to Washington at a news conference, de-committed days later and will play at Kentucky this season.
“Whatever school I choose tomorrow I’m going to,” Wroten said. “I’m not going to switch it up later.”
When asked what coaches have been in contact with you in the past 48 hours, he replied: “Louisville, Louisville, Louisville. For real.”
Wroten addressed his tweet to Kentucky coach John Calipari in which he asked why the Wildcats stopped recruiting him.
The reason for the tweet, “because I was really interested in Kentucky and then he disappeared,” Wroten said.
Wroten said he’d like to major in sports medicine or sports broadcasting in college and would wear No. 14.
He hasn’t informed the college coaches who are recruiting him and said they’ll have to watch the live streaming video like everyone else.
Wroten was vague on the specifics of his event, however, some details came to light.
For starters, cue the band.
Wroten’s event tomorrow at Garfield High School will follow a school assembly and is expected to dozens of media from the Seattle area. The GHS marching band will also be on hand providing a soundtrack for the festivities.
In keeping with tradition, it appears as if the basketball standout will play the hat game like so many high-profile recruits in the past. So conceivably there’s going to be a Washington, Louisville, Connecticut, Villanova and Seattle University baseball caps spread out on a table and Wroten will select one. Sound familiar?
I caught up with Garfield High boy’s basketball coach Ed Haskins today and he filled me in on what to expect tomorrow.
(So how long is this going to last?)
“I’m guessing the whole thing will last 10-15 minutes. There’s going to be two people talking. That’s it. It’ll start with me talking about him as a young man developing over the last three years. Kind of touch on some things and some things that I’ve seen since I’ve watched him. And then we’ll go from there. I’ll introduce Tony and say something like it’s time for the man to make his decision. And he’ll let his decision known and that’s it.”
(Is there going to be hats?) “Yup. We got hats.”
(Seriously? Hats on a table and he’ll pick one?) “Pretty much.”
(The reason I ask is Washington fans have been through this recently with Terrence Jones.) “Tony is not Terrence. That’s all I’ll say. I’ll leave it at that.”
(So this is going to be the final decision, right?) “I’m not going to get into all of that. I respect the family’s wishes. It’s not about me.”
(Are you okay with this production? The reason I ask, Jones’ former high school coach and athletic director said they’ll never host another news conference after what happened last spring. So I wonder if the school is on board with what’s going to happen tomorrow?) “First of all, I don’t know what Tony is going to do. I don’t. We’ve had conversations and I have an idea of where he’s leaning to, but I don’t know. My thing is he’s got to do this and he’s got to make his announcement the best way possible. I feel like because he’s special, he deserves a platform to let everybody know all at once and we’ll go from there. Like I said once again, I believe his decision will be his decision. I don’t like the way LeBron announced he was going to Miami, but I respect his decision. I guess I’m a little bit different because I’m privy to some behind-the-scenes stuff. I respect Terrence’s decision to go to Kentucky. If that’s what he felt like was the best thing for him, then I respect that. It just is what it is. Anytime any kid makes a decision like this … kids commit early and things may change. Martell Webster committed to UW and went to the league. Sebastian Telfair committed to Louisville and went to the league. Kids change their mind all the time. That’s just part of the process. So I’m not going to say yeah put this decision in stone and put in on the tablets in the Ten Commandments and this is it. I can’t say that because I’m not Tony Wroten. But what I can say is I believe that the decision will be his decision.”
(Other than the band, anything else different?) “No. His family will be up there with us. Daryll (Hennings, the Seattle Rotary AAU coach) will be up there with us. And that’s it. I know there’s a lot of kids looking forward to it and it’s right after our homecoming assembly so there will be a lot of kids in the stands.”
(What is the atmosphere like around the school?) “It’s great energy around here right now. Coming off of last week’s big game by who I like to call MVP, “Michael Vick” Pierre. He had a great game and nominated U.S. Army Player of the Week. Us winning and kind of ruining Roosevelt’s Homecoming. Having great ambitions about our homecoming game against Ballard. And in between that probably the biggest announcement of this year in this area. So yeah, there’s a lot of buzz. A lot of energy. It’s a good thing. It’s good for the school and the community and everything.”