Champlin (Minn.) point guard McKinley Wright's recruitment still likely has a ways to go before a decision, but the 2017 prospect has, for the moment, been directing his attention toward three schools.
The 6-foot point guard holds offers from the likes of Iowa State, Texas Tech, Illinois, Kansas State, Creighton and Dayton, but three schools have caught his attention recently in the midst of his junior season.
“There’s like three schools that are probably ahead right now: Iowa State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech,” Wright said. “All three of those schools have been in to see me a lot.”
Dayton, Creighton, Marquette, Minnesota and Clemson have also been in to see Wright during his junior campaign and Oklahoma will stop in to see him again next Tuesday following its trip to Iowa State on Big Monday.
Wright, who is being recruited by Iowa State assistant T.J. Otzelberger, will be in attendance as an unofficial visitor for the Cyclones on Monday at Hilton Coliseum.
“Coach T.J., I talk to him a lot throughout the week,” Wright said. “He’s really told me that I’m their main focus right now and they really need a 2017 point guard and they want me there bad. It’s good to know that a school wants you heavy [and] wants you to come control their team and be their point guard. I’m liking how they’re recruiting me right now.”
Iowa State has made a point guard in its 2017 class a priority, and Wright has become one of those priorities for the staff. Otzelberger was most recently in to see the 2017 prospect around Christmas and coach Steve Prohm has been in to see him nearly a handful of times.
“Me and Prohm, we have a good relationship,” Wright said. "He’s been in about four or five times. We talk a lot. We have a good relationship outside of basketball. I like Prohm, he’s a good coach. I like Iowa State a lot. It’s close to home. I have family in Iowa. So I like Iowa State a lot.”
Texas Tech and Oklahoma are also in that mix with Wright still waiting to see if the Sooners may soon come in with an offer.
“Oklahoma, they’re a very good school right now,” Wright said of one of his other Big 12 options. “They offered a 2017 point guard. They’re having a good season right now. I like how Oklahoma is recruiting me as well.”
Wright’s decision ultimately will be focused primarily on relationships, though that decision isn’t likely to come until the fall.
“I’m planning on making my decision next fall in October but anything can happen before then,” Wright said. “I’m taking it slow right now.”