Wright Commits

The phrase "impact" often times gets overused in the recruiting business. However, on the rare occasion where it's applicable, it should be noted. On Wednesday, Chris Wright made a commitment that will impact a program as the No. 30 prospect in the Class of 2007 reached a decision.

Earmarked as the top target in the Class of 2007 for the Wolfpack by head coach Herb Sendek, Chris Wright morphed into a key target for North Carolina State the last two years.

On Wednesday, the Wolfpack landed arguably its most significant recruit since Julius Hodge in 2001, when Wright selected the Pack after considering offers from Wake Forest and Villanova and strong interest from Duke.

"Chris has verballed to N.C. State," Orlando Wright, Chris' father said. "We gave it some serious thought and I think Sendek is going to be a great coach for him. "Chris feels happy about it. He gave a lot of consideration to Villanova and Wake. In the end, I think he felt really good about their players."

Wright, a 6-foot-1 scoring point guard, is ranked as the No. 30 prospect in the junior class by Scout.com. He was a pre-season pick as one of the nation's Top 6 point guards who has played his way into Top 5 status. Last week at the GSK Invitational, Wright was named the event's Most Outstanding Player. As a sophomore he averaged 22.1 points and is right at 21 this season.

To its credit, N.C. State worked Wright with everything it had and sold him on the overall success of their program and on the role he would play in terms of the future success of a team that has been to the past 4 NCAA Tournaments.

"In their system, they've never really had a multi-talented point guard," Chris Wright said. "I think I'll be able to create a lot of problems for their opposing defenses. They have a lot of shooters and if I penetrate it'll create a lot of shots for the shooters. Then again, there are so many lanes for me to get open and shoot 3s. On the defensive end, they play man-to-man and that's what I've played growing up as a little kid."

One day after Wright's team captured the consolation game at the GSK Invitational, the prospect and his father remained in Raleigh to take in the Pack's win over George Washington. The visit proved to be pivotal in the early decision.

"It was real tough but then again it was pretty easy when I looked at it," Chris Wright said. "It felt like a home to me. I loved the coaching staff and there's a great foundation there. It was very easy for me to fit into their program.

"Just being around the fans, they showed me a lot of love and respect. I know if went there it would be a big thing and we can accomplish some great things there."

You can expect Wright to begin beating the drum for recruits to join him in Raleigh. He's excited about the foundation and the future of the program and wouldn't mind some company in his recruiting class.

"I think with me going there, maybe some players would like to join me and play at N.C. State. I think for guards in my style, playing that type of offense would fit them. It's what the pro players run: it's what Mike Bibby and Jason Kidd run."

In short, it's the Wright fit for the Washington (D.C.) St. John's College guard and it's a big deal for the Pack.


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