It's fairly common for speedy football players to run track in the spring. The second sport makes a lot of sense: They can keep in shape, work on improving quick response speed and possibly even give themselves another outlet for a college scholarship, depending on their success at meets.
The practice is much less common among basketball stars, however. There's good reason for that, too: The basketball postseason tends to overlap with the start of track season, and basketball makes participating in any indoor track meets completely impossible.
Those boundaries not withstanding, one of the nation's most prominent basketball prospects is suddenly making a name for himself on the track, with Washington-commit Tony Wroten Jr. turning heads at a track meet Thursday.
According to the Seattle Times, Wroten Jr. ran a 100-meter sprint time of 11.24 in a meet against Issaquah (Wash.) High, which was among the 15 fastest in the state so far in 2011. That adjusted timing was actually a significant downtick from the original reported time of 10.78, which would have been the fastest 100-meter time in the state altogether.
Considering the fact that he was competing in his first track meet ever -- and that he ran those times just days after walking off the basketball court for the final time -- the 11.24 finish is an impressive performance. The point guard also anchored his Bulldogs' team's 400-relay squad which finished in second place with a time of 45.0 seconds.
Unlike most of the other top sprinters in the state of Washington, Wroten Jr. won't be taking his talents to the next level, because he's already taking other talents with him to Seattle (sorry South Beach).
The Garfield (Wash.) High senior is ranked among the top-10 point guard recruits in the country, and was Rivals.com's No. 30 overall prospect in the Class of 2011. His commitment to Lorenzo Romar's Washington program came with a fair bit of fanfare in his hometown of Seattle, with his two-way presence expected to make an impact at the collegiate level immediately.
All that will have to wait for a few more track meets, of course. At the rate he's going, Wroten Jr. may have some high school hardware to pick up by the end of the season, something which he and his Garfield teammates finished just short of in basketball season.