As the 2009 Summer AAU season comes to an end. Three Local favorites from the state of Washington are top targets for the Washington Huskies along with another prospect from Portland, Oregon.
Talent has been at an all time high for the state of Washington within the last 10 or so years. Producing the likes of Brandon Roy, Terrance Williams, Jamal Crawford, Doug Christie, Jon Stockton, Jason Terry, Nate Robinson, Spencer Hawes, etc. The future is in good hands right now in the Pacific Northwest!
We start off with highly touted 6-foot-4 180-pound Junior Toney Wroten Jr. When you look at Wroten, you are just amazed with how mature his body is. Coach Romar has had his eye in this kid for quite sometime along with every coach in the nation. Wroten's ability to see the court is off the charts. Wroten has a nice feel for the game and plays the game with passion. Being a left handed player playing the PG position is also a plus in Wroten's bag of tricks. Wroten traveled with his well known AAU team Seattle Rotary and had an up and down summer but shined when the lights were on in Vegas. Wroten showed every college coach what he can do on the court and dominated by passing and getting the rim at will. The Dawgs will have a hard time keeping this guy at home. Wroten's family will be in his ear trying to keep him home. Wroten's Dad, Uncle, and Cousin Nate Robinson, all former alumni from the University of Washington, it will be hard not to listen at least at the idea of staying home. Wroten's recruiting will most likely string out till next summer. The Huskies are in good shape and will be pushing hard for Wroten for the 2011/2012 season to fit in there up and down system.
Next up we have 6-foot-10 270-pound Center Josh Smith. Smith is the #1 Center and prospect in some recruiter’s eyes in the nation. Smith is Wroten's AAU teammate on the summer circuit. When you look at Smith, you can't get over the size of the kid. Smith is a kid that will impact a game right when he steps on the court. With the softest hands anyone has seen in a long time to go along with his ability to block many shots. Coach Romar and Coach Ben Howland have been at war recruiting Smith. Every tournament Smith played at this summer it was likely you will find Coach Romar or Coach Howland at Smith's games. Smith just like Wroten had a rough summer but also shined once Smith hit the big stage in Vegas. Dominating every game by blocking shots with will, hitting shots while getting fouled. Smith showed why every college coach would want him on their team as well. The challenge will be keeping Smith at home as well. Word is UCLA is the lead runner on landing Smith. If that's the case, Coach Romar won't go out without and fight to try to keep Smith at home.
Seattle Rotary has produced a lot of good talent and here is another target the Huskies are aiming for. Junior 6-foot-1 175-pound PG Gary Bell. As you can see Seattle Rotary was loaded this summer. Bell didn't shine as much as Smith or Wroten this summer in Vegas but College coaches saw what Bell can do on the court. Poised and in control, Bell can handle the load of a PG in the heat of battle. Bell was the most consistent of the three this summer. Wroten and Bell are two targets to fill the holes when Isaiah Thomas and Abdul Gaddy leave to further their careers in the NBA. The Huskies will be happy to land either Wroten or Bell to fill the PG position. Bell has a nice feel for the game with a nice jump shot and basketball IQ. Calm and collective this kid is gaining scholarships from all over the Pac ten along with the Gonzaga bulldogs. Coach Romar would be happy with either Wroten or Bell to help out with the program in the future.
Last up we have Portland's own Senior 6-foot-8 220-pounds SF Terrance Jones. Talk about someone who's stock rose to the top this summer. Jones dominated every Tournament he played in and gained Scholarships to about every College in the nation. The Huskies have been on Jone's from day one before the summer blowup. Left handed, Jones style of play is so difficult to guard he can get to the rim with ease, pull up for a jumper, rebound, block shots. The kid is a do it all player when he is at the top of his game. Jones led his team in Vegas to win the AAU title. Jones would fill in the gap when Senior Quincy Pondexter leaves the program after the upcoming season. Coach Romar will have a tough decision with only one scholarship available for the 2010 class. Either Smith or Jones would be a nice addition.
The Huskies have a lot of talent in their backyard and need to capitalize on it. The last couple of years the Huskies have lost Peyton Siva, Avery Bradley, Terrance Williams, Marcus Williams, Rodrick Stewart, and Lodrick Stewart. Local fans haven't been happy with that. With the upcoming season looking promising again for the Huskies! It will sure help their chances on landing these prospects to wear the gold and purple. Updates on the recruiting of these prospects will be posted in the near future.