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January 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

What they’re saying about Tony Wroten Jr.

A few coaches on the Pac-12 media teleconference today talked about Washington freshman Tony Wroten Jr., who is second in the league in scoring at 16.8 points per game.
(Does he remind you of anyone?) “I don’t know if he reminds me of anyone, but I’ll tell you what he puts a lot of pressure on your defense. He’s tall. And he’s strong. And he can get to the rim. They post him up. He can take guys off the dribble. He’s always putting pressure on you and he’s really good in transition. So he’s going to be a key matchup for us obviously. As is (C.J.) Wilcox and (Terrence) Ross is a guy that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. But Wroten is a heckuva player and I can see why he was so highly recruited coming out of high school. We’re going to have to play good post defense. He worries me as much in the post as he does on the perimeter. Hopefully on the perimeter we can be in gaps and contain his drive, but in the post he demands a lot of attention.”
(Is he as exciting as anybody in the league?) “He is. There’s no question he’s explosive because he can score in so many different ways. He gets to the free throw line and he can attack the rim. I think the key to with Washington – one of the keys – you have to try to take them out of transition as best you can. When he gets out in the open floor, he’s so strong and he’s so athletic and he handles the ball so well he’s just a tough guy to handle. So you got to get in gaps. Got to make him give it up as best you can. But he’s as good a player certainly, as good a prospect as our league has. He’s worth the price of admission there’s no question.”
(On Wroten)
“He’s a heckuva player. He’s really athletic. Really explosive. Has got great vision. His physical development, he doesn’t look like a freshman. He’s just explosive and so powerful. He’s a good basketball player. Lorenzo has done a great job of putting him in situations where he can be successful at penetrating and kicking it. He’s going to be a handful for everybody I think. He was definitely a handful for us.”
(Is he the most exciting player in the conference?) “I really haven’t seen all the teams. … He’s the most explosive player that we’ve met and Vanderbilt had some good players and BYU and Virginia. He’s definitely the most explosive player that we’ve faced to date.”
(Chemistry with Wroten)
“I don’t think there’s been any resentment at all. In the past we had guys like Nate Robinson and Isaiah Thomas who came in with a lot of hype and they were very ball dominant. Our guys eventually worked out together and we’ve been able to play with multiple ball handlers and multiple scorers on the floor at once. I think at this point it’s no different. Everyone is learning to play with each other. I don’t see any animosity or resentment.

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