Roundball Classic Feature: Chris Wright

<b>CHARLESTON, S.C. –</b> Wednesday wasn't his best performance at the Roundball Classic, but the writing is one the wall: Chris Wright has the makings of a high-major sophomore prospect.

After an opening night performance that saw him erupt for 37 points, including 7 3-pointers, it's safe to assume that those who had never heard about Chris Wright should begin familiarizing themselves with his game.

Wright, the 6-foot sophomore point guard out of Washington (D.C). St. John's College, first made a name for himself with his dazzling play last summer at the Super 64 in Las Vegas. Wright was part of a loaded contingent with the D.C. Assault. His shooting prowess helped Assault capture a title in Vegas and next AAU season he'll lace them up with Boo Williams.

Meanwhile, all Wright has done lately is toured some high-major campuses and continues to impress with his play.

Like many kids on the high school level, he's got duel responsibilities: scoring and running his team. For Wright, who no longer has Dante Cunningham as his wingmen, doing both is paramount to his team's success.

"You have to look for your shot," Wright said. "But at the same time I have to be a point guard first. This year I'm learning how to do that but at times I have to score."

Blessed with a big time jump shot that finds the bottom of the net with regularity, Wright said he'd like to develop into the kind of role Chris Paul plays at Wake Forest. "I'm a point guard that can score," Wright said.

And he's a point guard in high demand … already.

North Carolina State and Maryland are trailing him. The Blue Devils and Wolfpack have been down in Charleston checking him out this week. Wright has visited each school unofficially and played all summer long on Maryland's campus because he didn't attend many camps.

The 3.0 student said those three programs are recruiting him harder than anyone right now. "You never know [about offers] until it happens," Wright said of the potential interest from each program. "I'm just a kid looking at all the colleges.

"Duke has always been my top choice but since N.C. State and Maryland have stepped up, I don't really have a favorite."


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