Introducing Trayvonn Wright

Trayvonn Wright is one of the most athletic players in the Midwest. As a sophomore, he won the Iowa high jump championship with a mark of 6'10". For the achievement, he got the rare honor of being inducted into his high school's hall of fame. He gave up his chance to defend his state title as a junior to focus on basketball. As a result, he elevated his play and earned six scholarship offers.

Trayvonn Wright (6'7", 186 lbs) is one of the most athletic players in the Midwest. As a sophomore at Waterloo (IA) West High School, he won the state high jump championship with a mark of 6'10". For the achievement, he got the rare honor of being inducted into his high school's hall of fame while still a student. He gave up his chance to defend his state title as a junior to focus on basketball. As a result, he elevated his play and earned six scholarship offers.

The past season, the high leaping wing forward said he helped lead Waterloo West to the school's first winning season in twenty-five years. He hopes to improve on that mark this coming season but knows it will be difficult. Wright said, "We do not have a coach yet so some people might transfer. We lost all the seniors which leaves only three major returners."

During the 2008-09 campaign, Wright averaged 12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 or 3 assists, and 4 blocks. He shot an impressive 50% from behind the arc, but admits that he only took 30 shots so that percentage is a little inflated.

This summer in AAU he ran with All-Iowa Attack. His play this summer helped raise his stock significantly. Wright stated, "It went well. It taught me a lot of things. It got me to where I am right now."

Where he is right now is a position that leaves him with six scholarship offers from NCAA Division I schools. Wright said the schools that have offered him are Southern Illinois, Miami-OH, North Dakota State, Montana, Montana State, and Virginia Commonwealth. Wright said the offer from Miami came in mid-July, but he did not know about it until recently. He has also heard from Cleveland State and Heartland.

Wright's top three schools currently are "North Dakota State, Southern Illinois, and Miami." He has not taken any visits yet, but plans on visiting NDSU on September 18th and SIU on September 26th. He had plans to visit Miami on September 5th, but that visit has been put on hold while he waits on the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Wright told RedHawk Insider why Miami made his top three. "They play really good teams every year. I like the coaching staff including (assistant) coach (Ryan) Pedon. They are all really good guys. The head coach (Charlie Coles) is really cool too."

He would like to decide on a school by the end of October. However, he may way until after basketball season has ended.

Wright is a looking for a school that is neither too big nor too small. The school must have good coaching and academics to go along with a "nice setting."

The standout described his game saying, "I can shoot to the three point line and play with my back to the basket. I am more of a runner. I am a jumper so I dunk a lot. I play hard all the time." Wright said his key strengths are jumping ability, defense, and shot blocking (7'+ wing span). He is working to improve his jump shot and ballhandling.

Academically, Wright has a 2.7 GPA and earned an 18 on his ACT. He plans on taking the ACT again on September 12th. He is unsure of what he will study when he reaches campus.

Overall, Wright describes himself as a normal kid who plays basketball, but also likes to create music. He makes beats for his brother. He also contributes musically for his school.

Stay tuned to RedHawk Insider as we follow Trayvonn Wright in the future.

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