After a disappointing end to the season where the Washington Huskies won the Pac-12 regular season title but failed to get an invite to the NCAA Tournament, the Huskies thought they had the potential for a good experienced team next year. Tony Wroten and Terrance Ross ruined those expectations in the last three days by choosing to defect to an NBA bench for next year. Both players are rumored to have looked into hiring agents, thus ending any chance of returning for their junior and sophomore seasons respectfully. Wroten said in a conference call on Tuesday ” I accomplished a lot and I’m ready for the next step.” Oh really Tony? You had all the talent in the word but rarely could just do the simple things like pull up and hit a jump shot or maybe a free throw. Whens the last time you hit a three-pointer, Tony? Try January 28th and finished the year shooting 16% from the 3 point line.
Many scouts say that Tony has the upside of a top 5 pick but not after one year. Most scouts are projecting Tony in the early 20′s to the early second round. Tony has all the makings of a Rajon Rondo. A guy that can get to the basket whenever he wants to and make a flashy pass and fill up the stat sheet, but a guy that will struggle for years with their shot.
Ross’ shot on the other hand is what the NBA scouts are excited about. Ross is being projected in the late lottery to mid 1st round. Most scouts love his shot and athleticism but know that he needs to work on aggressiveness and all around strength. Bulkier shooting guards will post Ross up at will if doesn’t work on his strength.”I think I’m ready for this,” Ross said Sunday. “I’ve matured in the last two years just being in college. I’ve got a good supporting group around me with my family and close friends so I think I’m ready for this.”
So as Huskies fans what did we see during that NIT Tournament? We thought we saw the potential for a repeat Pac-12 champion but in actuality we saw the audition tapes for Wroten and Ross for NBA scouts and General Managers. All in all, I loved watching them both and they will be missed next year but neither bought into Romans defensive plans and it showed on a nightly basis.