Profiling the NBA Draft, late 1st Round: Tony Wroten Jr.

In addition to the 4th overall pick on June 28th, the Cleveland Cavaliers also own the 24th, 33rd, and 34th selections. In a continued look at who could be available in the late first round / early second for the Cavs, below is our latest on Tony Wroten from Washington. 

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No. 21 – Tony Wroten Jr, Freshman, Washington; 2011-12 stats: 16 ppg, 5 rpg, 3.7 apg, 44% shooting

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08:  Tony Wroten #14 of the Washington Huskies reacts in the second half while taking on the Oregon State Beavers during the quarterfinals of the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 basketball tournament at Staples Center on March 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
As another highly touted freshman, Tony Wroten Jr, put together a solid season before deciding to throw his name into the pool of Draft prospects. In doing my research on him, most mock drafts have Wroten landing in the mid to late first round, which is where I would have him pegged. In terms of basketball and pure talent, Wroten might be a top 10-guy. He’s a strong and physical point guard, and at 6-6 he has the chance to overpower some guards in the NBA as soon as he steps onto the court.

He gets to the rim at a relentless pace and finished at a high rate. Like Marquis Teague, he has incredible court vision for such a young player. Being a 6-6 point guard, its gives him a great advantage when he will have a height advantage on many of his adversaries. Along with his vision, he is also a great passer. Those are skills that are going to be his best entering the NBA.

In posts I’ve read written about Wroten, he has been compared to Rajon Rondo when he entered the NBA and also called the DeMarcus Cousins of point guards. While Rondo might be a top-five point guard right now, coming out of college he had no jumper whatsoever. That’s the knock on Wroten. Simply put, he is a terrible jump shooter.

Yes, he has superb penetrating skills but teams are going to sag off him on defense because they know he can’t hurt them from the perimeter until he improves his shot. The DeMarcus Cousins of point guards? Wroten has been called uncoachable in college with a tendency to play out of control at times. But to be compared to Cousins, that is never something to hang your hat on.

Wroten is one of the biggest enigmas in the Draft. Like I said, he has top-10 talent, but do teams want to deal with his attitude issues and wait for him to reach his potential. Maybe, and if his issues with coaching weren’t a problem, there is a chance he could be a mid to late lottery selection. Early in the mock draft process, Wroten was linked to the Cavs, but that has quieted as of late.

While the Cavs do need a backup to Kyrie Irving, I would think they would be more inclined to go with a player like Teague instead. But either way, if Wroten can keep his head on straight, he could turn into a nice player.

Our previous posts in this series can be found here: Andrew NicholsonWill BartonDraymond GreenJeff Taylor, Evan Fournier, Royce White, Quincy Miller, Fab Melo and Marquis Teague.

 

Put this on your calendars: Cavs Draft Tweet-Up June 28th at Mullarkey’s Irish Pub with the Social Dudes – hope you can make it!

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.

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