Nike Camp Focus: Chris Wright

Chris Wright, Scout.com's No. 18 prospect in the Class of 2007, had a long road to travel just to get to the July period. Mononucleosis cost him a portion of his spring and gave him another challenge he didn't think would arise during his senior summer.

When you watch Chris Wright, a 6-foot-1 point guard out of St. John's College in Washington, D.C. at the Nike Camp, you almost forget that he's still trying to come back from a bout with mononucleosis.

Back in May, the illness unexpectedly sidelined the talented guard and was with him right up until the beginning of USA Basketball trials. At first, the rumor was hepatitis but that proved to be incorrect.

"It wasn't hepatitis it was mononucleosis," Wright said. "They said that since I was in such good shape and I was such a good physical athlete I was able to recover quickly. Usually when you get mono your spleen comes out and that takes months to recover but mine didn't."

Now, the challenge for Wright is to recover and advance his game in the all important month of July. He looked on the road to recovery and then some with his play on Friday. Still, Wright says there is room for tweaking.

"I don't think I'm as fast as I was and a little with my jumping. Physically, I don't think I'm as strong as I was. I'm a work in progress. It takes time to recover from things. Everything is not going to recover at once. Basketball is about angles and if you can get to this angle you can finish.

"You have to be crafty. You have to know the game and know where the openings are and find your sweet spots."

There was a time when Wright thought he had found his sweet spot so he committed to North Carolina State and Herb Sendek. Now the coach at Arizona State, Sendek made a move and in turn the Pack lost its 2007 commitment. The new staff has tried to keep the ball rolling with Wright.

"I really don't know what is going on with that. I like Coach Lowe and I've talked to him a couple of times. I'm still wide open with my recruitment. I haven't narrowed down anything for the simple fact that I'm trying to get back to my normal self."

Clemson, Miami, Wake Forest, Illinois, DePaul, Virginia Tech, N.C. State and Georgetown are the programs he quickly rattled off during a media interview session.

Word on the streets has pegged the Hoyas as a likely team to be in this one.

"I've been around Georgetown a lot," Wright said. "They're about 20 minutes away so I've been able to get up there and play pickup with their guys. For right now, I feel most comfortable with those guys."

With a long list and an illness behind him, it looks like business as usual for Chris Wright on the court.


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