Cats are in the hunt for Antwan Wright

Antoine Wright, a 6-6 wing forward from San Bernardino, Calif. Who's attending Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass., has climbed up in the player ratings of many of the recruiting services and also become a target recruit for many schools. Arizona and North Carolina are just the latest to be listed among Wright's top five schools.

Wright said he's been contacted by a lot of schools and UConn was on his list at one time, but the Huskies have fallen off somewhat.

"(UConn) is still there," Wright said." They're just not among my top five. Right now, I'm wide open.

"Tennessee, Virginia, Arizona, North Carolina and Texas A&M are my top five."

When I mentioned that I had heard North Carolina might be the leader Wright said, "North Carolina is a good school, they have a great basketball history and they play in the ACC. But it doesn't help that they have Rashad McCants and another three guy already coming in. I don't want to go somewhere where I'll be sitting. No one wants to sit and I'm no different. I want to play. Some people might have written that North Carolina is the favorite, but that's not it. I'm not going to change my list of schools because a school starts recruiting me and (UNC) just started."

Wright said he's looking for a school in a good conference with "good people" and one that offershim the best fit as a player. He also said he doesn't like cold weather and he'd like to find a school closer to his home in San Bernardino so his mother could see him play.

"Every mom wants to see their son play," Wright said. "and my mom is no different. So that makes Arizona more appealing. Arizona is always good and they just lost two good wings (Richard Jefferson and Gilbert Arenas), so there's an opportunity for me step in and play if keep improving and play hard. The Pac-10 is a good, competitive conference. It gets a lot of TV exposure and that helps."

Wright said he's pleased with the way he's played this summer and because he's gone up against some of the best players in the country he thinks he can play with anyone.

"The strength of my game is my ball handling and dribbling," Wright said. "I'm 6-7 and I can use my height to look over the defender. I'm quick enough to create an opportunity for myself or a teammate and I'm a good shooter."

Wright squared off against Lenny Cooke, a 6-6 wing from Old Tappan (HS), NJ, at the ABCD Camp. Many recruiting services rate Cooke the top wing in this class.

"Cooke is a good player," Wright said. "but he didn't give me any problems. I play good defense. I'm quick and I have good technique so I think I can play with anyone."

Wright did confess to having a weakness.

"I need to get stronger," Wright said. "I haven't been on a weight program (at my school), but I'm going to get started on one when I go back this fall."

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