Wright Gets Back his Badger Offer

With the status of Vander Blue now in limbo after the Madison Memorial junior guard decided to re-open his recruitment, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan and associate head coach Greg Gard decided to cover all the bases and went to plan B: finding a potential replacement. On Tuesday, the Badgers re-extended contact with guard Cameron Wright and once again gave him a scholarship offer.

Cameron Wright, a 6-foot-5 guard out of Cleveland Benedictine, received his first scholarship offer from Wisconsin; an offer that helped his recruitment take off.

After a whirlwind recruiting process for Wright and a long couple days for the Wisconsin coaching staff, the two sides have reunited, as Wright, a one-time Ohio State recruit, has again been offered a scholarship by the Badgers.

Wright confirmed the offer, but declined to be go into detail about the commitment due to the lateness of the hour.

Wright initially committed to the Buckeyes in October 2007 when he visited Ohio State for a scrimmage and football game. Things started to deteriorate soon after the 2007-08 season when then assistant-coach John Groce (Wright's recruiting coach) left Ohio State to take the head coaching role at Ohio University.

In an interview with Cleveland Benedictine head coach Rob Stircula with Buckeysports.com, Stircula said it was around that same time when the Buckeyes stopped paying as much attention to Wright as they had in the past.

"Cam had a feeling that he wasn't really wanted as much as he was in the past," Stircula said in the interview. "That's when it first started to change and then it kept getting worse."

At the time of his commitment, Wright held offers from Wisconsin and Virginia Tech. There has been no indication that Virginia Tech has resumed its pursuit of Wright. The Badgers were the first school to offer Wright a scholarship in 2007.

Seeing him for the first time in the King James Tournament in Akron, Ohio, Scout Basketball Recruiting Analysis Evan Daniels had this to say about Wright:

"Based on the time that I've seen him, I think he's a great skill kid that shoots the ball pretty well. He's not going to wow you with athleticism or strength, but he's pretty tough in transition and he shoots the ball well in transition."

In an interesting sense of irony, should Wright commit, he would be, in theory, taking the place of Madison Memorial junior guard Vander Blue. After giving his verbal commitment to assistant coach Howard Moore and the Wisconsin coaching staff on April 29, 2008, picking the Badgers over offers from Indiana, Marquette and Minnesota, Blue, supposedly, came to a decision Monday to reopen his recruiting.

The news of Blue's change of heart first started circling with the junior guard mentioned on his Facebook page that he, "made a big decision for me today ... now I'm going to really take in this recruiting process..." He did not specify what that decision was.

On Monday, Blue and his mother met with Moore, head coach Bo Ryan and multiple academic advisors from Wisconsin and Madison Memorial to discuss Blue's academic standing. The meeting, according to sources within the program, was set up several weeks prior to make sure both parties were on the same page to make sure Blue would be.

This meeting comes during the quiet period for recruiting, meaning communication between coaches and recruits is supposed to be very limited. Wisconsin assistant coach Howard Moore is Blue's recruiting coach, but he can not publicly comment on Blue until after the recruit signs his national letter of intent in the fall.

It is unclear to what Blue's current status with Wisconsin is due to conflicting stories from sources on both sides. Blue has not made any public comments since this news broke.

Writer Elliot Callahan contributed to this story


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