As Mick Cronin and his Bearcat staff continue their search to add a point guard to their 2008 recruiting class, they got a break when Cashmere Wright reopened his recruitment last week. Cashmere was gracious enough to return a call to Bearcat Insider on Tuesday afternoon to inform us of the latest in his recruitment.
It's no secret the Bearcats would like to add a quality point guard to
their 2008 recruiting class so Cincinnati's staff had to be very happy upon
hearing the news that Cashmere Wright had reopened his recruitment after
verbally committing to Clemson in early February. The versatile point guard spoke with
Bearcat Insider on Tuesday afternoon about his change of heart. "I'm just interested in looking at other
options, and I'm really wide open.
I've gotten calls from quite a few places including UC, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma."
Bearcat Insider first saw Wright perform at the Adidas It Takes 5ive
Classic on UC's campus a couple of weeks ago and spoke with the Savannah, Georgia resident. He indicated then that he may reopen his
recruitment because he hadn't really given himself an opportunity to see what
other schools had to offer. Last
week he called to inform Oliver Purnell of his decision and felt the Clemson
head coach took the disappointing news better than expected. "They didn't take it as bad as I thought
they would. We were talking, and
they seemed to understand my reason.
They said they knew how I felt, but they were still going to recruit
me. In fact, I just got off the
phone with Coach (Purnell)."
Anyone who questions the value of having an AAU tournament on a school's
campus needs only look at this situation.
Cashmere basically got the chance to take an unofficial visit to
see what the Bearcats had to offer.
Needless to say, he was impressed although he didn't have time to see
everything UC has to offer. "I
liked Cincinnati. It reminded me more of Savannah. It's a city oriented campus."
Word travels quickly in recruiting circles, and the three star point
guard's recent decision to reopen his recruitment brought new options almost
immediately. "Cincinnati offered
me. I also got offers from
South Carolina and Tennessee. That's all I know of right
The 6 footer describe his style of play. "I'll do whatever the coaches want me to
do. If they need me to score, I can
go out and get 30 or 40, but then again as a point guard, the coaches may want
me to get the ball to somebody else, and I can do that too." Some have raved about Wright's outside
shot, but he believes he's better at penetrating to the basket.
Cashmere plays AAU ball
with the Hoop Planet All-Stars organization, of which Tony Mitchell is a
member. The 6' 6" Mitchell was also
a recruiting target of the Bearcats before verbally committing to Alabama. After Mitcell's visit with Wright for
the Adidas Classic, rumors were rampant that Mitchell may also reopen his
recruitment, but Cashmere says that hasn't
happened. "I talked with Tony
before I made my decision. He said
if that's what I want to do to do it.
He supported me, but he's still committed to Alabama." The two Georgians have been good friends
for five or six years and have played together on the AAU circuit for about the
same amount of time.
Cashemere won't be the first in his family to play college
basketball. His uncle is Derrick
Miller, who played for Kentucky from 1986-1990 and scored over 1,000
points for the Wildcats. Almost
half those points came from the 3 point line for the 6' 6" Miller.
The Hoops Planet All-Stars will be in Orlando this weekend and will be playing a
heavy schedule into August. At that
point, Cashmere said he plans to get serious
about recruiting again. "In
September, I ought to be able to narrow my schools to five and take some
visits. I want to make a final
decision before my first game."
Wright plays for Urban
Christian Academy in Savannah, Georgia.