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Tony Wroten undergoes minor knee surgery

10/20/2011

Washington's preseason practices continued to be hampered by injuries, as freshman guard Tony Wroten underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday. The Huskies' top incoming recruit said in a statement that the surgery was "minor" and that his goal was to return to action by the time the Huskies play a Nov. 4 exhibition game.

A team spokesman would not comment on if the discomfort was related to a torn anterior cruciate ligament Wroten suffered in high school while playing football, forcing him to miss his junior season.

"Tony could have probably gone the whole season with a little discomfort at times and played through this," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement. "But he and his family, plus our staff, thought it would be better to take care of this now so he would be fine for the rest of the year.

"It has been nagging him a little bit, but he'll be ready to go in no time soon."

Wroten, the nation's fifth-ranked point guard recruit for the class of 2011 by ESPNU, is expected to make a significant impact on the team after missing some practice time due to the procedure.

The surgery comes less than a week after Washington's top 3-point shooter, Scott Suggs, underwent foot surgery that is expected to sideline him at least eight weeks.

Washington, which received votes in the coaches' preseason top-25 rankings released earlier in the day, does have point guard Abdul Gaddy returning to the team after recovering from a season-ending ACL injury from January.

The Huskies' guard play will be an important factor after top scorer Isaiah Thomas unexpectedly left school for the NBA draft following his junior season.