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April 3, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Tony Wroten declares for the NBA draft

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Washington freshman guard Tony Wroten is leaving after one year and will enter the NBA draft.
“I have been talking with my friends and family and I just felt like this was the right time,” Wroten said in a statement released Tuesday by the school. “I love the University of Washington, but I just feel that it’s best for me to make the jump.
“Husky fans are the best in the nation and I would not trade my experience here for any other college. It was great that I stayed home and I know the University of Washington will always be by my side.”
Opinion is split on Wroten’s pro prospects.
ESPN’s Chad Ford ranks Wroten 19th on his top 100 draft prospects list. Draft Express projects he’ll be the 20th pick in the draft. ESPN him at 23 on its mock draft while NBAdraft.net thinks he’ll be taken at 26.
Wroten, a 6-5 guard, produced the best freshman season in Washington history. He finished with more points (559), assists (130), steals (66) and had the highest scoring average (16.0).
His scoring average was fifth among all Division I freshmen, second among first-year players from the major conferences.
Wroten’s exit marks the second departure for the Huskies following sophomore guard Terrence Ross who announced plans to leave on Sunday
Washington loses its top two scorers from last season and must replace 42.8 percent of its scoring.
In the Romar era, Wroten is the sixth Husky to leave school early and enter the NBA draft. Doug Wrenn went undrafted in 2003, Nate Robinson (’05) and Spencer Hawes (’07) were first-round picks. Isaiah Thomas (’11) was taken last in the second round and Ross is projected as a first-round pick.
Wroten is the second UW freshman to declare for the NBA after their freshman year, joining Hawes.
On his Twitter account, Wroten explained why he announced his decision today.

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