You‘ve probably never heard of Ryan Wright , a 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward from Loyola High School in Mississauga, Ontario. You should. He’s one of the top players from Canada and coaches from the United States are making trips north to find out more of the athletic and aggressive big man. In fact, five programs have even offered a scholarship.
After shining in the recent Capitol Invitational in Washington, D.C., Wright has done all that he can to be measured up with the best of the best. He’s an explosive athlete that mixes solid perimeter skills with a knack for the ball inside. The class of 2005 prospect earned the respect of coaches and players during his time in the United States.
“Playing in front of all of those coaches and playing (at the Capitol Invitational) has been a good experience for me,” Wright said. “Playing at those events helps us stack up against the top players in the States.”
Pitt, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa State are all interested. All but the Spartans have offered a scholarship, Wright said. Wright said Pitt, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Michigan all came to Toronto last week for an open gym and saw the forward in his own setting. Each of the schools would like Wright to play on their own setting, too.
“They’ve all pretty much straight up told me that they’ll have a place for me at their school if I wanted to play there,” Wright said. “They would like me to visit them and see their campus and then see what I think. That’s the next step. Right now those are my top schools and they are showing the most interest but I think a lot more will be there at the end of the summer.”
Wright will play at the Nike All-American camp this summer and his Toronto Mission AAU team will be back in the U.S. for the Hoosier Shootout and the Big Time tournament in Las Vegas. After the events, Wright will look around and take some visits. He has an idea of what he wants in a school, too.
“I want to go to a school with good academics and where I can get a degree that will help me later on in life,” Wright said. “I want to get a degree that will always help me. I’d also like to find a school in a top conference. I want to play against the best competition. Obviously my ultimate goal is to get to the NBA. So playing in a top conference will get me that exposure.”
Kansas, Memphis and Nebraska are also in the mix, albeit somewhat limited. The Tigers have been to the Toronto suburb to see Wright play. Location is not an issue, he says.
“Where a school is at doesn’t concern me that much. I just want to find the best situation for me,” Wright said. “I’m just hoping that all of the programs, the top programs like Duke, UConn and Georgia Tech, see me.”
Stay tuned to Rivals.com for continuous updates on Wright and other breakout prospects.