Wright Now Considered Among Nation's Best

Trotwood-Madison junior forward Chris Wright was on display at last week's Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis. Wright is now considered among the nation's top 20 players in the Class of 2007. He is one of five Ohio prospects in that prestigious group. Click here for an update on this talented prospect and where things stand.

One of the fastest rising prospects in Ohio boys basketball is Trotwood-Madison junior forward Chris Wright.

The 6-6, 202-pound Wright was on display at last week's Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis. He appeared there shortly after ScoutHoops.com listed him as the nation's No. 20 junior-to-be.

"It's pretty sweet," Wright said of his national ranking. "I like it. But I can't let that go to my head. I have to keep working to try and make it to the top."

Wright is among five Ohio juniors in the national top 20, joining the North College Hill trio of O.J. Mayo (No. 1), Billy Walker (No. 5) and Keenan Ellis (No. 11) and Canton GlenOak's Kosta Koufos (No. 16).

"I wouldn't say we have the strongest basketball in Ohio, but we're up there," Wright said. "I like the competition in Ohio. We played O.J. Mayo's team last week and they beat us, but I just like the competition. He can do it all – he can pass, he can dribble, he can shoot."

Wright is ranked as the state's No. 7 junior-to-be by Ohio High magazine. He has spent much of his career as a post player and is now working hard to also show he can play the three position, which he did at Nike.

"I think my game is coming along," Wright said. "I need to work on my jump shot and my ballhandling. I've been playing with my back to the basket since I was little, so playing out on the wing is a bit of a transition for me. But I think I'm doing pretty good.

"Wherever the team needs me, that's where I'll play. If they need me to play the three, the four or the five, I'll play there."

Wright turned some heads at Nike with his athletic ability. He plays the game with a high motor and was almost a blur operating on the fast break. He also displayed an ability to play above the rim.

"I just want to work harder than anybody else and help our team win," he said. "I try to be up and just work hard to try and keep the other team from scoring. Defense will win the game for you.

"My friends say I play like Amare Stoudamire, trying to dunk everything around the rim. I've been trying to dunk since I was in like the third grade. I like doing it."

In terms of college choices, Wright already has offers from nearby Dayton as well as Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Xavier. He is also interested in Illinois.

He is also waiting to hear from his childhood favorite: "I really want to hear from Kentucky. I love the Big Blue. I'm going to go down there in the fall and see what it's like."

Wright, who plays AAU ball for the Queen City Prophets, made a recent unofficial visit to Michigan.

"I talked to Coach Amaker for about an hour," he said. "He told me to keep working hard. He said he liked the way I get up and down the floor."

Wright also discussed his interest in Ohio State. The Buckeyes are close to completing a blockbuster class for 2006 and have already extended honors to some of the state's top juniors.

"I like Ohio State," he said. "It's just home. I have letters from them. I know Greg (Oden) and the rest of them. They're going to do their thing at O-State."

Wright was asked what may impact his college decision.

"Probably the academics of the school," he said. "My mom is on me about academics. I'll probably commit next summer, going into my senior year."

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