Hameir Wright (Albany Academy/Albany, N.Y.) has let it be known he sought a Maryland offer. The 6-foot-7, 180-pound junior wing had heard all about the Terps from his Albany Rocks AAU teammate, 2016 UMD signee Kevin Huerter. Plus, Wright’s grandfather resides near College Park, Md., giving the Albany Academy product another incentive to venture down for a look at the school.
Finally, on May 18, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon extended the verbal, leaving Wright ecstatic.
“Maryland was definitely a great offer to get. I was real happy about it,” said Wright, who has offers from Nova, Syracuse, UMD, Seton Hall, Boston College, WVU, Kansas State, UConn, Georgetown and SMU. “Kevin is my good friend, and he’s going there, and he’s been telling me how much he loves the coaches; the dorms; the campus. He said it’s a lot of fun there and the guys are great. So it’s a school I’ve been interested in checking out for a long time now, and now that I have the offer I’ll probably get there for a visit this summer.”
Wright said he’s been in touch with area recruiter Cliff Warren, assistant Dustin Clark and Turgeon for about a year now.
“Those are my guys. Coach Warren, Coach Turgeon, Coach Clark they’re come up to see me play and they’ve been talking to me forever. Coach Warren and Coach Turgeon came to watch me on the EYBL, so I caught up with them then,” Wright said. “Coach Turgeon was saying [May 18] how they love how I dribble, pass, shoot, post up, and can defend the post or the wing. He said my versatility would really help them out. And I told him I was honored to receive the offer.”
The New York native originally wanted to see Maryland during the winter when he visited his grandfather. However, he was unable to schedule a trip, although he did pay close attention to the Terps via television.
“They play a free-flowing style, and it’s one I could see myself fitting into. I could definitely play the ‘3’ there, or like Jake Layman’s role,” Wright said. “And from what I can tell, they have great fans there, a great arena and a great atmosphere.”
But while the UMD offer caught Wright’s eye, it wasn’t the only recent verbal that’s resonating. He said he “loved” the Syracuse look and has strong interest in the Orange following a visit. Villanova is another school on his mind after a trek through Philadelphia, Pa. Wright also visited Stanford and Cal, the wing lauding both, although neither the Cardinal nor the Bears have anted up yet.
“They’re all great schools, don’t get me wrong, but it’s too early to say what schools are at the top and the bottom. I don’t have any clear favorites yet,” said Wright, who has also been to Temple. “At the end of the summer I’ll start to think about favorites and see what schools I like best. I want to see who else comes in and then take some more visits first.”
Wright isn’t sure what programs will offer next, but he said he’s receiving “strong” interest from Miami, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Butler. Michigan, Va Tech, UVA, WVU, Wake Forest, LSU and Iowa have also kept tabs.
“And UNC, they called my coach and have been talking about me,” Wright said. “I’d love to get a UNC offer.”
So far on the EYBL, Wright is averaging 14 points, eight rebounds and around four assists.
“I’m doing well being a leader, getting people involved, getting to the basket and shooting,” Wright said. “But I’m still working on being a consistent and dominant scorer and defender. I just have to be more consistent.”