Ryan Wright Decides on UCLA

The #53-ranked player in the nation, <b>Ryan Wright</b>, verbally committed to UCLA this afternoon. The newest Bruin from Canada talks about what went into his decision in choosing UCLA over Stanford and Michigan State...

Ryan Wright, the 6-8 post from Missassauga (Ontario, Canada) Loyola Catholic, has verbally committed to UCLA.

Wright, the #53-ranked player in the country, picked UCLA over Stanford and Michigan State.

Wright said, "I just thought it was the best for me in the long term. It's UCLA. And to go into a program with great athletics and academics, and in a great conference, and have a chance to have a big impact early, that's important to me."

Wright also cited the players and coaches as big factors in his decision.

"I also chose UCLA because of the players there. I felt really comfotable around the guys, the new guys they have. I felt I had a really good relationship with Arron (Afflalo), Josh (Shipp) and Jordan (Farmar). And I like the guys they already have. They kind of remind me of my teammates back home, and I knew I'd be comfortable with them."

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland was also a deciding factor. "With Coach Howland, I'm very comfortable playing for him. I believe in him as a coach. I believe he's going to make me better, and make the program better and we'll have a lot of success there."

When did Wright reach his decision? "I actually came to the conclusion during my official visit to Stanford. I really wanted to see Stanford, and when I was there I was going over everything in my mind. They were all three great choices, but I wanted to go back home after my Stanford trip and go over everything for sure and think about it for a week."

Wright said his parents were behind him. "They were happy with my decision. They gave me their input, but the final say was mind. I made the decision by myself." Wright, who said he's up to 230 pounds, said, he feels, first and foremost, relief. "It's a great relief. Now I can focus on my senior year in high school. Then I'll be able to build good relationships with the UCLA players and coaches. I chose UCLA really as a challenge. It's a great school, and in basketball I realized they have a need for someone to come in and help them achieve greatness. That challenge was a big thing for me."

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