"The days leading up to the offer, Minnesota was texting me saying that they liked how well I've been playing and how I can lead a team in many ways," 2017 Champlin (Minn.) Park point guard McKinley Wright told GopherDigest. "After our final game yesterday, Gophers head coach Richard Pitino texted me and said they wanted to offer me a scholarship. He liked how I've been playing of late and he wants me to the point guard for the hometown team."
"It felt really good getting an offer from the hometown school," Wright explained to GopherDigest. "It means a lot. My family is happy and so am I. I probably went to like, five to seven of their home games last year, so I'm pretty familiar with Minnesota. As far as my interest in this new offer, Minnesota is the hometown state school. I have plenty of interest in them. Teammate Theo John and I FaceTimed after it happened and he was happy for me. Told me I deserved it. I've thought about taking an official to Minnesota, so it's definitely possible."
The Gophers will have a lot of competition to land the in-state point guard.
"Xavier also offered me on Sunday, but the schools on my the toughest are Minnesota, Xavier, Iowa State, Dayton, Texas Tech and Iowa. I'm planning on taking an official visit to Iowa State in May, but no firm date is set there yet. I'm planning on making a decision in September or October, but anything can happen before then, so we'll see what happens."