TOC: Josh Wright Spotlight

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Josh Wright isn't usually mentioned among the top point guards in the Class of 2004, but if Friday night was any indication, he very well may be on his way to earning elite point guard status.

Josh Wright recorded 25 points and four assists as his Long Island Panthers came up short in their opening game at the Tournament of Champions.

This is the same Long Island Panthers team that has dominated the AAU circuit (and the TOC) in recent years, but the big name players like Jason Fraser, Lenny Cooke, Charlie Villanueva and Mike Jones have moved on, leaving a young and inexperienced group.

"We don't have the same great teams we're used to having – we're pretty young," Wright said. "It's a learning experience because we're still getting used to each other."

And while the team develops chemistry, there's a scoring void that need to be filled, and Wright did his part Friday night.

"With this team we have here, I'm relied on to score a lot more," he said. "I'm a true point guard, but whatever my coach wants me to do, that's what I'll do."

He used his quickness to race his team up the court and to knife to the hoop to draw a foul (8-8 FT) or find an open teammate. And from the perimeter, he knocked down three three-pointers.

While the scoring was needed on this occasion, Wright knows what his ultimate responsibility as the floor general.

"I bring smarts to the game – make my teammates a lot better," he said. "And that's what I'm here for, as a point guard."

Wright might check out the local college campuses while he's in town for the TOC, though that's yet to be decided.

His college list is real long and keeps growing as more big time schools become interested.

"Syracuse, Kentucky, Louisville, Boston College, Seton Hall, Pitt, UConn, Carolina, St. John's – I don't want to try and name them all and leave somebody out," he said.

As for North Carolina …

"Roy Williams – the name speaks for itself. He produces players, he produces victories," Wright said. "It's definitely a place I want to check out – definitely."


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