A backboard alley-ooping contender for dunk of the year

Cameron Smith

Everyone expects Garfield (Wash.) High point guard Tony Wroten Jr. to have a bright future ahead at the University of Washington. Last week, he showed one of the reasons for those expectations: His incredible explosiveness.

As you can see in this video, captured by Seattle Times high school blogger Mason Kelley, Wroten Jr. and one of his teammates used an open fast break as an excuse to set up a dunk contest throw-down, sending an alley-oop pass off the backboard for Wroten Jr. to dunk home. To say the dunk was one of the more aggressive and impressive of the season may be an understatement. In a dunk contest this might not have been too special, but keep in mind, this came in the middle of a game.

Of course, dunking isn't Wroten Jr.'s only skill, either. The point guard scored a whopping 28 points in the Bulldogs' 69-49 rout of Inglemoor (Wash.) High, with the guard also helping key an impressively stingy defense, which held Inglemoor to just 26 points through three quarters.

"Coach always preaches defense," Wroten told the Times. "We love all the highlight dunks and stuff, but defense wins championships.

"[Coach] told us, the harder defense you play, the more highlights, fast breaks you get. That's why we play defense hard."

That mentality will almost certainly make him an early contributor at the next level for the Huskies, though the athletic similarities he shares with former Washington point guard Nate Robinson won't hurt the media attention he's sure to get, either.

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