Wright Could Be Right For Cincy

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 Cincinnati and 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 now."


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.

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