'NC State Is My Leader'

Washington (D.C.) St. John's point guard Chris Wright is preparing for a junior season and a run at the city championship title.

"I think we're going to be good," Chris Wright told Pack Pride. "I think we'll have a good shot at the city championship. We have a lot of experience returning this year so we should be strong."

Wright has been busy this fall taking unofficial visits. He tripped to NC State for the Wolfpack's football opener against Virginia Tech and visited Villanova in mid-September. He had an upcoming trip to Notre Dame planned, but has decided to not make the drive to South Bend, Indiana.

"I was going to go to Notre Dame, but I canceled that," Wright said. "I couldn't make it up there so I canceled it."

Because of his strong play on the AAU circuit and as a sophomore, Wright has already garnered several scholarship offers. At this point, an ACC program holds the lead for the 6-foot point guard.

"I've got some offers right now from Maryland, Georgetown, NC State, Villanova, Depaul, and Notre Dame," he said. "NC State is my leader. I've got to know them the best, I have a good relationship with the coaching staff, and that is the school that has been with me since the beginning.

"My relationship with them is strong right now."

Another advantage NC State seems to have is the ability to offer early playing time given the upcoming departures of point guards Tony Bethel and Engin Atsur over the next two years.

"It is an advantage for them," said Wright. "Everybody wants to play and that's one of my biggest things in looking at a college. I want to play as soon as I can. That's why I'm going to be looking for the perfect fit for me."

Wright also gave his thoughts on Wolfpack head coach Herb Sendek. Sendek, who is entering his tenth season at NC State, has led the Wolfpack to four straight NCAA Tournaments and a Sweet 16 appearance last year.

"He is a player's coach," Wright said of Sendek. "Coach Sendek is a down-to-earth guy, and you can tell he cares about his players. He really cares about education as much as basketball, and he's a competitor. It's something that a player like myself will be looking for when I try to find that perfect fit."

Although NC State currently leads, Wright is also impressed with Villanova. The Big East program, fresh off an Elite Eight appearance and loaded with young talent, hosted Wright for an unofficial and appears to have made him a priority.

"I like Villanova," said Wright. "It's a good program, and I like the coaching staff. It seems like they are a rising team, and they are top five in the country this year. The talent is very good, and two of their players are from my high school."

Both programs are especially appealing because of their offensive systems.

"NC State definitely is [appealing] because I can shoot the ball," Wright said. "Some people have problems with their offensive set, but if you're a guard it should be good because it allows you to have spacing, create, and shoot the ball.

"I like Villanova's offense too because it's a guard-oriented offense. They give the guards freedom on offense."

As a sophomore, Wright averaged 22.7 points and 5.5 assists per game 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 is in no hurry to make a decision, but admits that he could be ready to decide after his junior season.

"I might make a decision after my junior year, but not before it is over," he said. "I'd probably say in the spring sometime."

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