Elite swingman makes official visit to USC

Mount Vernon swingman Sherrod Wright has been through a lot with his recruiting, and GamecockAnthem.com caught up with the 6-foot-4, Class of 2009 guard to see where he stands after his official visit to South Carolina this past weekend.

Sherrod Wright has an endless list of schools that are offering him and an even longer list of programs that have just shown interest. So it's no wonder why the 6-foot-4 senior is wide open in his recruiting.

The three-star swingman from New York had planned on taking multiple trips to schools this fall, but things did not materialize as well as hoped. However, South Carolina came calling and was able to fly Wright down for his first official visit this past weekend.

"It was a good trip," Wright said. "I learned a lot of things that I didn't know. It was a nice campus. It was good."

According to Wright, after all the smoke cleared with his recruiting, he still holds offers from South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Xavier, Virginia, Massachusetts and Oklahoma State.

South Carolina is the only official visit that Wright had setup so far, and they are the only school that seems to have somewhat of an interest from the versatile Wright.

When asked who sticks out to him, Wright responded, "South Carolina now because I just took a visit. Marquette and everyone else is just pretty much the same."

But besides South Carolina, the Mount Vernon High standout says Marquette, Providence and Pittsburgh have shown him the most interest.

According to his high school coach Bob Cinnino, Wright will most likely end up in the Big East or the SEC.

"We look at where he's going to be most comfortable," said Cinnino, who's coached Wright for five years. "We look at the head coach and to see if geography comes into play."

Wright looks up to his coach and his dad, and they are both instrumental in helping him make his decision.

"I'm trying to make sure I do what's best for me," Wright said. "Me, my pops and my coach are just in a triangle, and we talk about it. We just want to see what's best for me."

Wright is the captain at Mount Vernon, and his coach thinks of him as a "quality young man" and wants to see him through this process.

"I'm the head coach, so it's very important to me," Cinnino said. "It's as important to help him with that as it is coaching X's and O's."

Wright looks to make his decision based on more than basketball, as he wants to go to a school where he can fit in on and off the court.

"Overall, they have everything — basketball, education. It's pretty much the best of both worlds," Wright said of South Carolina. "And I liked the campus."

Wright, who averaged 23.6 points, 6 rebounds and 3.5 assists a game as a junior according to Cinnino, wants to bring his intensity, defense, slashing ability and a do-everything attitude to a school.

"He's just a tremendous player," Cinnino said. "He attacks the rim, jumps well, shoots well."

Wright, who plans on majoring in engineering, plays shooting guard and small forward in high school, but sees himself at the shooting guard position in college.

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