BW: Chris Wright Spotlight

HAMPTON, Va. --- It may be cliché, but Chris Wright does indeed have "next."

The sophomore point guard is stuck behind a number of talented guards on the Boo Williams traveling team – but that's by choice.

"It's the best situation for me because I want to play with the best players," said the 6-0 standout from Washington (D.C.) St. John's. "In college that's what I'm going to be doing so why not start now?"

So while he's playing with the best, he's spending the majority of the time on the bench and watching upperclassmen star guards such as Scott Reynolds, Eric Hayes and Stefan Welsh run the show.

"It's a challenge," Wright added. "Coming from your high school where everything is focused around you, on this team you have so many superstars that you're not going to play the whole game or shoot 20 shots."

But when he was on the court for stretches at the Boo Williams Invitational this weekend, it was clear he belonged and will be a star to watch on the AAU circuit next year. Already ranked the No. 25 prospect in the class of 2007 by, Wright is a big-time athlete who's a confident (and very accurate) three-point shooter, while he gets to the hoop with lightening speed and tremendous ups.'s Dave Telep compares him to Jason Gardner, but with a better perimeter shot.

"The Jason Gardner comparison is real good because I'm a little guard," Wright said. "My favorite player is Allen Iverson – but there's never going to be another of him. I really try to emulate [former Duke point guard] Jason Williams, we play kind of similar."

Wright sports an early list that includes North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, NC State, Kansas, Texas, UConn, Georgetown and Louisville.

A source close to the situation said he already has offers from Maryland, Georgetown and George Washington.

While he plans to take many visits in the coming year, he's already made a first trip to Chapel Hill.

"It was pretty fun," he said of the visit last fall. "I like the Tar Heels a lot. If you're a kid and you don't like the Tar Heels, there's something wrong with you."

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