I meant to pass this along earlier this week, but got a little sidetracked. Still it’s worth posting another Tony Wroten Jr. video highlight clip.
At this rate, the Washington incoming freshman will become a YouTube sensation before the start of the season and compile a hard drive full of memorable moments from summer league games.
Earlier this month, he created an internet buzz after shaking NBA star John Wall with a wicked crossover at the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-Am.
On Monday at the Seattle Basketball League, Wroten flushed with authority on Clarence Trent, the former UW Husky and Seattle University forward.
The game pitted six Huskies on both teams. It was entertaining at times and sloppy in the final minutes when the outcome was decided.
Wroten and Darnell Gant thrilled the crowd at North Seattle Community College with high-flying dunks and Terrence Ross dropped several dazzling shots from long distance. The trio was paired with Shawn Kemp Jr., Jernard Jarreau and Hikeem Stewart.
The team produced several highlight plays, but they were severely beaten 102-65 by a squad that featured Scott Suggs, C.J. Wilcox, Desmond Simmons, Andrew Andrews, Martin Breunig and Trent.
Suggs was the star of the night. He displayed an ability to create shots for himself with deft dribbling and a step-back, fadeaway reminiscent of Isaiah Thomas’ dagger against Arizona in the Pac-10 Tournament tittle game. (Gotta confess. Any chance I get to link to this video, I’m taking it.)
Suggs has a high release on his shot, which makes it difficult to block. He matched up against Ross and was able to elevate for long jumpers at ease.
Wilcox, who shot the ball well from NBA-range three-point land, raised eyebrows when he drove to the rack on the right side of the court and flushed in traffic with his left hand.
Other notable performers:
— Breunig powered in two one-step dunks beneath the rim. It doesn’t take long for him to get off the ground and when he goes up, he’s looking to dunk.
— With his famous father gazing from the crowd, Kemp also finished with authority and flushed two jams despite heavy contact. He mishandled a couple of Wroten’s passes, but ran the court well for a big guy.
— Speaking of Wroten, his creativity is captivating. On one occasion, he re-directed an inbound pass with a touch pass through two defenders to Ross for a layup. It was simple and remarkably effective. It also appears as if Wroten will lead UW in free attempts. He’s quick enough to get into the lane, fearless against bigger defenders and strong enough to absorb contact before getting a decent shot to the rim.
— In the second game, Aziz N’Diaye played on a team that included former UW star Isaiah Thomas, Washington State guard Reggie Moore and Seattle U guards Sterling Carter and Fred Wilson. N’Diaye, who had toe surgery in June, ran the court well and there wasn’t anyone on the court who could stop the 7-footer from dunking when he got near the rim.