Wright Picks Appy State

The Mountaineers added in-state standout Marcus Wright to their 2008 haul.

Marcus Wright, a 6-foot-1 combo guard, is headed to Appalachian State. The starting guard for the 1-A North Carolina state champions picked Houston Fancher's team after giving consideration to Winston-Salem State, UNC-Greensboro, Radford and North Carolina A&T.

Wright teamed with Miami-bound center Reggie Johnson to give the school its first-ever state championship. A scorer by trade, Wright averaged 21.7 points a game as a senior.

"Appalachian came on strong late and some other schools couldn't overcome the opportunity that Appalachian had to offer," W-S Prep coach Andre Gould told Scout.com. "He liked their style of play and that was important."

Wright brings a true combination style to Fancher's backcourt. Speedy and quick to the cup, he can create shots for himself and others. A late qualifier, interest picked up since March and the Mountaineers moved swiftly to lock him down.

"What stuck out the most – I'd say two things – was the style of play and the location," Wright said. "There's enough to do there and it's not a big city where I can lose focus. I'm trying to do something after college ball and I think I can stay focused up there."

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