The 'Wright' Fit

Pack Pride talked with Chris Wright earlier in the week and the standout point guard mentioned that a decision could come at anytime.

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    Pack Pride talked with Chris Wright earlier in the week and the standout point guard mentioned that a decision could come at anytime.

    "[A decision] could come tomorrow, it could come next year, it could come in two weeks," he said. "Whenever I feel comfortable and whenever I feel is the right time, I'll do it.

    "I'm pretty sure of what I want to do right now."

    We didn't think to take the Washington (DC) prep star literally.

    "That next day at school I was thinking about it while I was on one of my free periods," he said. "I just knew NC State was the place for me, so I text messaged my father and said I'm going to NC State.

    "He just told me to follow my heart, and if that was what I wanted to do then he was happy for me. I knew that was going to be my decision, but I just wanted to be sure."

    "As you know, we spent some time down there last week, and they have been recruiting Chris for a long time," said Orlando Wright. "It was so overwhelming with the direction of the program and the fit. They really wanted him."

    Chris Wright

    After telling his dad of his decision, Wright also informed his high school coach, Paul DeStefano.

    "You know, he was happy about it. He felt I couldn't make a better decision. He believes NC State will take care of me and develop me as a basketball player, and he told me that he thought it was the perfect fit."

    Once he had informed his parents and coaches, Wright called the NC State coaching staff to let them know he was committing to the Wolfpack. As expected, head coach Herb Sendek and the rest of the staff were thrilled to secure a verbal from their top target in the '07 class.

    "I called coach Sendek, and they were very ecstatic," said Wright. "That's about all I can say. It made me feel good because I know they have recruited me real hard. They were all screaming and just happy." National Basketball Director Dave Telep labeled Wright as NC State's "most significant recruit since Julius Hodge in 2001," and there is no denying his impact will be felt on the Wolfpack program. The 6-foot-1 point guard is an explosive scorer who can also set up his teammates and plays relentless defense. Ranked the No. 30 player in the junior class by, Wright is arguably one of the Top 5 point guards in the class, and he recognizes that he is in a position to impact the ACC program.

    "It's high praise to be mentioned with a guy like Julius Hodge," said Wright. "I'm just going to try and carry on the tradition at NC State. Hopefully I can do what Julius did, and I'm expecting big things out of myself."

    Some believed NC State wouldn't be able to ever land a point guard of Wright's caliber because of the offensive system that Sendek and company utilizes. However, Wright considers the offense to actually be "tailor-made" for a point guard.

    Wright with Costner (left) and Fells (center)
    "I think it is a misconception," he said. "People fail to realize that an offense like this is tailor-made for a point guard of my caliber. Being able to create and read defenses is how an offense is played these days. They have Princeton principles, but it's all based on reads. It's a great offense.

    "Guys like Mike Bibby and Jason Kidd... they are great point guards in the NBA and play in a similiar system."

    Wright is the cornerstone of what should be another strong recruiting class for NC State. Two years ago the Wolfpack landed the current sophomore class of Gavin Grant, Cedric Simmons, and Andrew Brackman, and followed that up with another three-man haul that included Brandon Costner, Courtney Fells, and Ben McCauley. Transfer Trevor Ferguson also figures to contribute down the road and this year's class of Larry Davis, Dennis Horner, and Dan Werner should also be nice additions.

    "The recruits they have right now look very good," said Wright. "I didn't get to see much of Dan Werner, but my dad told me he was real good. He said that he's very similar to Ilian Evtimov. Larry Davis, he's a very good shooter and a very good player. He does a lot of things really well. They have Dennis Horner too.

    "I think their recruits are strong, and there is already a lot of young talent there with guys like Courtney Fells and Brandon Costner."

    It goes without saying that once a player commits to a program he instantly becomes a fan. When asked what he thought would happen in this weekend's NC State-North Carolina game, Wright's reply supported that belief.

    "I think it's going to be a very good game, but I think NC State is going to pull it out," he said. "I have to go with my team. I think their defense may be too strong."

    With his decision out the way, Wright will now focus on his junior season, academics and the upcoming AAU circuit. He had one final statement for Wolfpack fans.

    "I want to win a national championship. You can expect big things in the future for the Wolfpack."

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