Wright Talks Wisconsin

After feeling left out as an Ohio State basketball recruit, 2010 guard Cameron Wright decided to reopen his commitment by de-committing from the Buckeyes. With the Badgers having de-commit problems of their own, Wisconsin, once again, targeted Wright and re-extended a scholarship to him Tuesday.

MADISON - With the recent controversy surrounding the future of Badger basketball, the coaching staff decided to make sure that they had options and flexibility as the summer approaches.

Cameron Wright, a 6-4 shooting guard out of Cleveland (Ohio), is one of the prospects the Badgers have identified as a current target as they attempt to sort through the recent turmoil with Madison Memorial junior guard Vander Blue.

The Badgers were initially the first team to offer Wright a scholarship, a former Ohio State Buckeye recruit who de-committed at the end of April, and this past Tuesday the Badgers renewed their offer.

This renewed scholarship came after the Badger coaching staff heard about his de-commitment.

"Coach Gard contacted me last week after I de-committed and then this past Tuesday they offered me again," said Wright to Badger Nation.

According to Wright, "(Coach Ryan and Coach Gard) called to say that the scholarship offer was still there and that they would like me to come visit the campus and that hopefully, I would like what I saw when I came and visited."

Wright echoed this sentiment as he stated that he informed the Badger coaching staff that, "I wanted to see (the campus), too."

In addition to Wisconsin, Wright said that a high number of schools contacted him after hearing about his de-commitment, including, Miami (Fla), Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Dayton, Virginia Tech, Xavier and South Florida.

In addition to the Badgers, he also has offers from Akron, Cleveland State and Ohio University.

Despite potentially increased pressure to find a new school within the near future, and given that he had been committed to Ohio State for a year, Wright was still undeterred.

"I'm really in no rush," he said. "Even when I was committed to Ohio State, I was not in a rush, it really just comes down to which circumstance fits my family and I best"

Consequently, Wright said that he would like to take a lot of visits this summer and make unofficial visits to as many schools that are recruiting him as possible. He said that he is keeping an open mind right now in regards to what type of program he is looking for and places a high level of importance on academics.

"Any school I look at or choose is going to have outstanding academics," he said. "I like to get out and run and that is a little bit of a factor, but really the overall situation is what is key." In regards to what he likes about Wisconsin, Wright said, "I like the coaching staff. Coach Ryan is a great coach and he seems to surround himself with great assistants, and they also make it to the tournament a lot which is nice".

On the court, Wright describes himself as a team orientated player.

"I'm a team first player," he said. "I sometimes even get criticized for that, but I'm definitely pass first and then score when needed, really whatever it takes to get the job done." Not bad for a guy who seemed to hold his own in the scoring department, as well as across the board this past high school season, with averages of 21 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 3.5 steals per game.

Aside from visiting schools this summer, Wright hopes to attend camps this summer, as well as playing for his AAU team, the King James Shooting Stars.

"I plan on working out and if I get invited to some camps that I will go to those and then play for my AAU team (King James Shooting Stars)," he said. "I think my high school coach has some team camps lined up for us too but I'm not sure."

Overall, despite Ohio State apparently showing him a lack of respect after his lead recruiter and former Buckeye assistant John Groce left, Wright does not appear to have any ill feelings and has the full support of his family as he re-opens his recruitment.

"I don't have any negativity directed toward Ohio State, Coach Matta and the coaches there are great," he said. "I would love to play against them just like any other top school ... (it's) nothing personal. I want my family to be comfortable with my school and they really just want what's best for me so they will support me wherever I go."

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