'Who Wouldn't Want That Attention?'

Washington (D.C.) St. John's point guard Chris Wright is ready for his junior season after a strong summer on the AAU circuit.

"I think we will do well," Chris Wright told Pack Pride. "We have a lot of players returning and with another year of experience this year should go even better."

As a sophomore, Wright averaged 22.7 points and 5.5 assists per game this past season for St. John's College as they reached the state semifinals. This year he will lead St. John's down to Raleigh for the Glaxo Invitational, a tournament held annually on the campus of NC State.

Wright played well for Boo Williams on the Nike circuit, but he spent the majority of the time playing reserve minutes and watching upperclassmen star guards such as Scott Reynolds, Eric Hayes and Stefan Welsh run the show as they competed for scholarship offers.

The 6-foot point guard was pleased with how he played, but admitted that next year will be his chance to showcase his talents for Boo Williams.

"I did what I set out to do this year, but it wasn't my year to do what I needed to do," Wright said. "I think next year will be my chance to shine."

Due to his strong play, Wright is receiving attention from NC State, Duke, Maryland, Kansas, Villanova, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Texas, Wake Forest, Virginia. The Wolfpack, Fighting Irish, Terps, and Hoyas have already extended scholarship offers prior to his junior season.

"I think it's good to have early offers just to know what options you have right now," Wright said. "I'm still kind of wide open right now, but I'll remember who offered me early."

Rated the No. 6 point guard in the Class of 2007 according to Scout.com, Wright is a consensus top 30 recruit in the class.

One program that hasn't offered yet but is heavily involved in Wright's recruitment is Duke.

"They've been showing me a lot of interest," Wright said. "They want me to come down and play with their players at some point."

When asked which school is recruiting him the hardest, Wright responded quickly with another ACC program on Tobacco Road.

"NC State, without question," he said. "They are the ones that stay in the contact with me the most. I receive mail from them everyday... handwritten mail. They've just been showing a lot of attention to me.

"It's great. Who wouldn't want that attention? Coach Sendek and the coaching staff have let me know that I'm a priority for them, and my family trusts them too. They haven't promised me anything and have been real honest during my recruitment."

The coaching staff and NC State's offensive style of play are the main reason why the Wolfpack will be a major player in the Wright recruitment.

"I like their coaching staff, and I like their style of play," he added. "They run an offense that is based on a lot of perimeter shooting, and I think that fits my game."

This weekend, Wright plans to take the first of at least three unofficial visits he has planned for this fall, as he heads to Raleigh for Labor Day weekend.

"I'm going to NC State on Labor Day weekend, and October 15th I'm going to Notre Dame," he said. "I'm also going to Wake Forest, but I don't know for sure when that will be."

Despite the early attention from several top programs, don't expect a decision anytime soon from Wright.

"I'm not in any kind of rush," he said. "The earliest I could probably decide would be at the end of my junior season.

"I'd say NC State, Duke, Maryland, and Wake Forest would be my four favorites. That's probably my top four right now."

What will be the biggest factor in Wright's decision? He wants to go where he will get a chance to play early.

"That's the biggest thing with everybody," Wright said. "They want to play. I want to find the best situation for me and a chance to play early."

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