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Another elite recruit may choose Kentucky over Washington

Jeff Eisenberg
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Mere months after losing recruiting battles with Kentucky for five-star prospects Enes Kanter and Terrence Jones, Washington may be on the verge of a sickening case of deja vu with its top Class of 2011 target.

Internet speculation suggested guard Tony Wroten was ready to make his decision this week, so the 6-foot-4 Seattle native logged on to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to clarify where he stood.

"I Have NOT committed anywhere yet," he wrote. "But UK is in the lead right now. Then comes UW, Uconn, Nova."

The thought of losing another highly decorated recruit to Kentucky must be galling for Washington coach Lorenzo Romar considering how close the Huskies came to nabbing both Kanter and Jones.

Kanter, the top-ranked big man in this year's incoming freshman class, originally committed to Washington before opening up his recruitment and selecting Kentucky once he learned that coach John Calipari was interested. Worse yet, Jones famously donned a Washington cap at a news conference before getting cold feet and changing his mind in favor of Kentucky a month later.

Wroten, a gold medalist with the U.S. U-17 team this month, would be nearly as big a loss for the Huskies because Romar and his staff have targeted him since he enrolled in high school. As a result, Huskies fans have taken to Twitter en masse in hopes of persuading Wroten to select his hometown team.

Washington made the Sweet 16 last season and has emerged as an early favorite to win the Pac-10 next season as well. For the Huskies to take that next step and become one of the nation's elite programs, however, they're going to have to find a way to keep elite local products like Wroten at home.

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