Iowa State has been at the forefront of Champlin (Minn.) point guard McKinley Wright's recruitment since his offers began rolling in, and the Cyclones will be front and center again as the spring evaluation period begins.
In its quest for a top-level point guard in the 2017 class, Iowa State has pinpointed Wright as one priority target. The 6-foot guard visited Ames for Big Monday this past season and has been in constant contact with coaches.
When the spring evaluation period opens, Iowa State will have coach Steve Prohm and assistant T.J. Otzelberger in St. Cloud (Minn.) to watch him.
“I still talk to them a lot throughout the week,” Wright said of Iowa State. “I’m still one of their top recruits. They’re trying to get a 2017 point guard, so they still talk to me a lot and they’re planning to come to the first evaluation period.”
While the Cyclones will visit on or around April 9, Wright continues to draw interest from a number of other programs. Texas Tech, Illinois, Kansas State, Creighton and Dayton are among the schools that have offered while Oklahoma and Clemson have strong interest.
An offer from Oklahoma is contingent on one of its other targets.
“Oklahoma, they were straight-up, and they have a point guard, Trae Young, who lives in Oklahoma,” Wright said. “They’re kind of waiting on what he does to see if they’ll offer me. What he does will determine if they offer me a scholarship or not.”
Wright has recently begun hearing from Xavier, Arizona and Arizona State, though he doesn’t have any clear front-runner at the moment. The hope for Wright is that the spring evaluation period will help him make advancements in his recruitment before the summer.
For Iowa State, the process is more about relationships than evaluation.
“They said I play a lot like Monte [Morris]. They like how I win games, I’m aggressive on both ends of the court and I rebound well for a guard. So they’re trying to bring that in,” Wright said of the message from Iowa State. “I’ve become really cool with them. They’re nice and funny guys and we have kind of an open relationship where we joke around and we have fun with each other. I’m cool with those guys. I’m very close with them.”
As of now, there is no clear timetable for a decision.
“I’m really still open right now,” Wright said. “I don’t really don’t have a time when I think I’ll decide, maybe sometime in September or October-ish, but as of right now it’s wide open. I’m just taking it slow and enjoying the process.”