Bright Sets up Visits

Roy Bright has a newfound appreciation for N.C. State – and Julius Hodge has a lot to do with that.

The 6-6, 215-pound senior swingman has already set up official visit for this weekend at
Tennessee and he'll also take a trip to Iowa State on Sept. 13.

Bright said that the Wolfpack are almost certain to receive a visit as well.

``I just haven't scheduled it yet, but I really like
N.C. State a lot now because of what Julius Hodge has done there. I will definitely take a visit there," said Bright, who enters his first full season at Mt. Zion after transferring from Northern Durham High. "He's going to the league and I consider myself a similar player to him."

``It's close to my home," Bright added. "The staff has really hit me with the academics and they also told me I'd probably start there my first year."

Academics weren't always a priority for Bright, but his outlook has changed and although there is speculation that he won't qualify to play as a freshman, his guardian, David Smith, said he is on his way to becoming eligible.

Bright, considered a legitimate McDonald's All-American candidate and a consensus Top 50 player nationally, said there is no leader at this point and that
Michigan and St. John's have both started to show interest of late. UConn is also under consideration.

``Right now I'm really focused on academics because I'm getting closer to college," he said.

As for the chance of Bright making a decision during his visit to the Vols this weekend.

``No way," he said.

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