2007 Intro: Chris Wright

When most people talk about Chris Wright in the Class of 2007, they start to think about the guard from St. John's (D.C.). However, there is another big-time player named Chris Wright out in the midwest.

Don't call him the "other" Chris Wright, because the 6-foot-6 1/2, 205-pound Trotwood-Madison High (Ohio) junior forward with the same name as the more-hyped guard from St. John's (D.C.) is just as highly regarded among the coaching ranks.

Wright, who plays with the Queen City Prophets, is Scout.com's 46th ranked player in the Class of 2007 (Wright, the point guard, resides 16 spots higher).

He's a terrific athlete who averaged 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks as a sophomore last season while spending the majority of his time in the paint.

``He's freakish athletically," Queen City Prophets coach Ozie Davis III said. "He can play the three. This is his first time ever playing the three. He's been working on his jump shot and his handle. It's not that he can't do that, but it's new to him. He dominates inside because he's so strong and has played the four for most of his career."

Wright, 16, said the toughest thing about his transition from in the paint to the wing has been having to guard players on the perimeter, but other than that, he felt everything went well this past spring and summer.

Wright knows that he still needs to improve his jumper and his handle and that's why he's up and in the gym nearly every morning at 5:30 – until his mother, Ernestine Grigsby, has to drag him out.

``I try to get up anywhere from 700 to 1,000 shots and I do a lot of ballhandling drills," Wright said. ``I want to make sure there's no one out there who works harder than me."

Some of his work ethic comes from his mother; some comes from his older brother, Demetrius, who can also take the credit for his younger brother's aggressiveness.

``That's why Chris likes to dunk so much," Grigsby said. "His older brother used to dunk on him all the time."

Wright said he has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, Dayton, Xavier, Miami, Tennessee and St. John's. Many people in the state feel that Dayton leads for his services, partially because his uncle, J.D. Grigsby, was a star for the Flyers.

``Academics are important – as are the people I'm around," said Wright, who has a 2.9 GPA in his core and earned a spot on the honor roll in the fourth quarter of his sophomore year. "Right now there's no leader."

``A lot of people say that I'm going to go to Dayton because of my uncle," added Wright. "I don't know yet, but I really like Brian Gregory."


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