Wright Back On The Market

What was initially a dream come true has turned into a nightmare for Cameron Wright. The three-star shooting guard prospect from Cleveland Benedictine issued his verbal commitment to Ohio State more than a year and a half ago, but now Wright finds himself looking around once again.

A year and a half ago, Cameron Wright had his dream come true when he became a verbal member of Ohio State's class of 2010.

But now, a little more than six months away from putting his pen to paper and officially becoming a Buckeye, Wright has withdrawn his commitment from head coach Thad Matta and re-opened his commitment.

It has not been an easy decision, but it was both a necessary one and one that was a long time coming, Cleveland Benedictine head coach Rob Stircula told BuckeyeSports.com.

"Cam had a feeling that he wasn't really wanted as much as he was in the past," Stircula said.

Wright initially committed to OSU after taking in a Buckeye scrimmage and football game during the weekend of Oct. 20, 2007. While visiting Columbus along with his parents, Wright was so impressed with what the Buckeyes had to offer that he issued his verbal commitment before leaving campus.

He was one of two oral commitments that came out of the weekend, with Wright's pledge coming in about 24 hours before then-five star point guard Trae Golden issued his. Golden withdrew his commitment during the summer of 2008.

One of the main reasons Wright picked the Buckeyes was because of the relationship he had built up with then-assistant coach John Groce. But after the 2007-08 season, Groce packed his bags and took the head coaching position at Ohio University.

It was around then that the Buckeyes stopped paying as much attention to Wright as they had in the past, Stircula said.

"That's when it first started to change and then it kept getting worse," he said.

In addition to the coaching change, Wright was hampered that same summer by injuries as he went through the AAU circuit and saw his performance suffer.

Despite the diminishing interest shown by the Buckeyes, the three-star shooting guard prospect was still focused on joining the program.

"He had a feeling early on this year that maybe he should do it and he just kept waiting it out, thinking it was going to get better and it just never did," Stircula said. "He decided to do it because he wanted to make sure it wasn't too late. He said it's the hardest thing he's ever had to do."

At the time, Wright also held offers from Wisconsin and Virginia Tech. Stircula said they had not contacted any other teams until after Wright spoke with Matta on April 21 and told him he would be re-opening his commitment. Since then, the coach said they have gotten "a ton of calls about him," but declined to name any of the interested schools.

"Even though he was unhappy, he was always committed to Ohio State so we never even thought about putting any feelers out or anything like that," Stircula said. "He didn't want to do it. He kept putting it off thinking it would get better and then it just wasn't at all.

"All the stuff they wanted him to work on he's worked on and improved on, so that's why it's hard. He would say, ‘It's getting better. My shot's getting better. When I get there, I'll meet the standards' and it just wasn't in the cards, I guess."

What the future holds for Wright remains uncertain, but Stircula said there is no doubting how difficult of a decision this was for his star player.

"It was the toughest thing he's ever had to do," he said.

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