Mick Cronin and his staff picked up a verbal commitment from point guard Cashmere Wright early Thursday afternoon when Wright made his decision public. Bearcat Insider spoke to Cashmere about his college choice.
It's been an interesting couple days for fans following the recruitment
of Savannah, Georgia's Cashmere Wright. The three star point guard made visits
to Tennessee and Cincinnati on successive weekends and mulled
over the big decision this week.
When Bearcat Insider contacted the 6 footer on Wednesday to ask about his
recent visits, he informed us that he, with the help of his parents, had made
his college decision Tuesday night.
However, even though a decision had been reached, the original plan was
to hold the formal announcement until early next week. That plan changed when Bearcat Insider
spoke with Cashmere early Thursday afternoon
and was told the decision would be made public later that day. At 1:51 Thursday afternoon, Wright
e-mailed Bearcat Insider with a message that read, "I choose the University of Cincinnati."
Wright had originally verballed to Clemson back in February, but after
visiting the University of Cincinnati for an AAU tournament, the
17-year-old reopened his recruitment.
Cashmere talked about
his decision to be a Bearcat.
"Coach Cronin has known about it since Tuesday when I made the decision
with my parents. I called him and
told him." So why all the
suspense? "That was my dad. He told me to wait."
The decision came down to a choice between Cincinnati and Tennessee,
Carolina almost entered the picture yesterday. "My dad said Coach Odom had put the most
players in the NBA, and that would be a worthwhile trip, but he was out of town,
and we couldn't go for another week or so.
We didn't want to wait that long."
On the AAU circuit, everyone knows just about everyone, and Cashmere is very familiar with another Bearcat recruit,
Terrel Halloway. "I know Terrel,
and I think he'll probably go to Tennessee now."
Bearcat basketball fans need to understand that Wright is
not like some of Cincinnati's past point guards who struggled to
provide offense. "I can pass it or
I can score. My AAU coach wanted me
to score, but it isn't like I won't pass.
I'm willing to pass, but I can also shoot." Cashmere provided some exact statistics to support his
proclivity to score. "Last year,
they told me I shot 43.69% from the three point line." He also sounds like a player that will
excell at the foul line late in games.
"In Orlando this summer, I missed one free throw in
six games. I even scored 38 in one
game. I love being at the foul line
late in games. The more pressure,
the more glory."
Wright is excited about wearing the Cincinnati red and black because he's used to
it. "It's the same as my high
schools colors. We're black, red
The estimated drive time from Savannah,
Georgia to Cincinnati is ten hours, according to Cashmere, but he said there could be an easy stop along
the way. "My uncle lives about 40
miles away, near Lexington."
Cashmere is more than ready for his responsibilities once he gets to the
City. "They (UC coaches) told me they want me
to run the team. That's what I want
UC's landing of four star local power forward, Yancy Gates, also helped
with the recruitment of Cashmere. "I've known him for a couple years, and
he came over for my visit." Wright
knows the Bearcats want to add a couple more players to his 2008 class. "Yancy told me they still want to add a
scoring wing player and a big man."
But don't expect Cashmere's old friend
and AAU teammate Tony Mitchell to be that wing player. "No. He's loves Alabama. He's going to be at Alabama."
Mick Cronin and his staff continue to assemble a Big East roster that
should be very competitive, very soon.