Report: Wright commits to Texas A&M
8/1: According to Dave Telep, Wright has committed to Texas A&M. (link)
Wright has ties to the Texas area and plays a lot of pickup basketball there.
The Carolina staff evaluated Wright at ABCD and called him shortly thereafter. They watched him at the Big Time tournament last week and did not offer a scholarship.
7/26: With Matt Doherty and Doug Wojcik on-hand, Wright scored 34 points, including six threes, in a first round win at the Las Vegas Big Time yesterday.
"All this attention (from college coaches) is a little overwhelming," Wright told Prep Stars' Rob Harrington. "Mostly I just appreciate that people like my game."
Wright gave Harrington a list of eight schools (Texas A&M, Miami, UConn, North Carolina, Arizona, Arizona State, Virginia and Tennessee) and said he plans to decide in the fall.
7/22: A day after his interview with InsideCarolina two days ago, Wright has changed his tune somewhat.
"North Carolina is a good school, they have a great basketball history and they play in the ACC. But it doesn't help that they have Rashad McCants and another three guy already coming in. I don't want to go somewhere where I'll be sitting. No one wants to sit and I'm no different. I want to play. Some people might have written that North Carolina is the favorite, but that's not it. I'm not going to change my list of schools because a school starts recruiting me and (UNC) just started." (link)
For the record, Wright told IC's Clint Jackson on Friday afternoon: "I think North Carolina would have to be the leader right now."
7/20: Following up on our feature on Wright (see below), Rivals Hoops Premium spoke to Wright. "North Carolina leads [Virginia, Tennessee, and Connecticut] but they have not offered," he said.
7/20: The Tar Heel staff began scouting him this month, watching his impressive performance at the ABCD Camp and then seeing him earn All-Tournament Team honors a week later at the Three Stripes tourney, playing for the Inland AAU squad.
"[The UNC staff] told me that they were going to be recruiting me and following me the rest of the summer and that they had some other guys that they were recruiting -- some big guys," Wright told IC. "I have talked to Coach Q and he said that I had an advantage because Coach Doherty had actually seen me play and that he was really impressed with me.
"North Carolina is a great school with a good program. They have a lot of good players and they also have a lot of good players coming in. They are now high on my list."
Wright gave us list of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona and Texas A&M. (New Carolina target: Antione Wright)
"I think North Carolina would have to be the leader right now," he said.
7/12: Wright was named to the All-Star Game at the ABCD Camp, in which he scored 16 points. Rob Matera, of the All Star Report, ranked Wright the No. 3 wing forward at the camp, behind elite prospects Lenny Cooke and Carmelo Anthony. PrepStars.com's Brick Oettinger wrote that Wright was the camp's 11th best player overall.
7/7: Assistant coaches quotes anonymously at ESPN.com about Wright . . .
"He's the most underrated player in the country," said a Pac-Ten assistant. "Some of those experts don't even have him in the Top 100, but he's really, really good. He's definitely a Top 25 player without blinking an eye. I think he's a Top 10 talent."
"He shoots the lights out, he doesn't miss," an assistant from the Big 12 said. "Antione is really athletic, he's got major skills and he comes to play. He's really aggressive on the board - he gets a lot of tip jams. [He's] special, he's one of the best players in the country - he's such a good kid, too. I love recruiting a kid like him, he's got a great personality."
4/1: Wright averaged 27 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and 3.7 blocks last season at Lawrence Academy (MA).