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Wroten and Ross Leaving for NBA: Fan Reaction
The Washington Huskies basketball team has taken a big hit this week, as star players Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr. are leaving for the better-paying game provided by the National Basketball Association. This is sad news for Husky fans that were hoping these players might come back and make a run at the March Madness tournament in 2013. Unfortunately, money talks, and players do not stick around anymore.
This departure was not necessarily unexpected, as both players have NBA potential and players in today's college game do not really feel any loyalty to their respective schools. They are happy to take the scholarship money, "go to class" for one semester, and then walk away. The days of players staying four, three or even two years are long gone, particularly if they feel like they have a shot at getting drafted. Obviously the money is hard to pass up, but it makes any sort of continuity in college basketball difficult for schools like Washington.
Are they ready?
I guess this is what we get with a watered down college game. Ross and Wroten are good players, but back in the day I don't think they would have gotten a look with more experienced talent on the draft board. Both of them have holes in their game, but this is what the pro game has become. Are they ready for the next level? At this point, I guess it doesn't matter because they have been projected as having pro potential and someone may take a shot at them.
A big loss
Wroten believes that the Huskies will be fine next season without him. As a fan, I hope that he is right but I am doubtful. The Huskies are not the type of storied basketball program that can reload year after year based on their recruiting pool or their generous boosters. Lorenzo Romar is a good coach, but it is hard to find talent every single season, particularly if your players only stay for one year.
The author lives in Los Angeles, but grew up in Seattle and still roots faithfully for the Dawgs. He took one class at the U-Dub, so that practically makes him alumni. You can follow him on Twitter @tpheifer.
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