Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK — Coming from Seattle, Tony Wroten doesn’t get to Madison Square Garden much.
But the 6-foot-4, 180-pound junior point guard from Seattle (Wa.) Garfield laced them up Wednesday night for a run at the World’s Most Famous Arena.
Wroten and his teammates in Friday’s Boost Mobile Elite 24 game competed alongside NBA players Brandon Jennings and Kevin Love, both of whom played in this game in year’s past.
“It was crazy,” Wroten said Thursday at the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in The Bronx, where the players did a community service event with a group of younger children. “It’s one of the most historical NBA arenas and to play in it was a dream come true. That’s the first time I’ve been in there.”
Wroten is being courted by virtually every school in the Big East: Villanova, Syracuse, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, St. John’s and Seton Hall.
“I just like the Big East style of play,” he said. “Most everybody in the Big East plays uptempo. That’s the type of style I like.”
Who are his favorites?
“‘Nova and Syracuse, they’re the top two,” he said.
He likes Villanova’s “guard play, they get after it.”
As for the Orange, “I like how they play, the zone. And it’s a big football region.”
He also likes UConn, St. John’s and Seton Hall.
“I’m serious about [UConn] and I’m real serious about St. John’s, too,” he said. “They play in the Garden, it’s in the Big East, it’s in New York City.”
He was supposed to visit Villanova and UConn during his trip East, but “I didn’t have enough time.”
Wroten plans to cut his list at some point after this event.
“I got to narrow it down at some point,” he said. “I can’t visit all of them. I have to cut it down.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.