Wroten Pulls a Darius Washington Jr.
Former Memphis star Darius Washington Jr. missing two free throws with no time remaining on the clock in the 2005 Conference USA Championship Game cost his team a spot in the NCAA tournament and is one of the most heart-breaking moments in college basketball history.
Washington freshman Tony Wroten now knows how Washington Jr. feels.
Wroten missed four free throws in the final 18 seconds on Thursday with his team trailing No. 9 seed Oregon State, 84-83, in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament.
The misfires overshadowed a monster game from the projected first round pick in June’s NBA draft that included a career-high 29 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks. The missed free throws were even more shocking because although Wroten shot just 57.5% from the stripe on the year, he had been 9-11 from the line on Thursday up until the waning moments.
Sadly, Wroten probably just cost the top-seeded Huskies (21-10, 14-4 Pac-12) a spot in the Big Dance like Washington Jr., who is currently playing in Turkey for Turk Telekom.
He reportedly ignored reporters’ questions after the game and started retweeting deplorable hate messages he was receiving on Twitter such as:
@KDoty11: “People look at @TWroten_LOE stats and think hes a god, but hes just another selfish a**hole ruining a team.”
@ChiChris82: @TWroten_LOE Nice free throw shooting, clown.”
@TomariBrown: @twroten_loe ur f**** weak dog”
@TrevKitz: @TWroten_LOE is such a p***y! #unclutch #b****”
We can only hope the Seattle community rallies around the supremely talented freshman like Memphis did with their star player.