Chris Wright is spending his last summer on the AAU trail getting back to full strength. He is almost there and relishing in his final go round on the summer circuit.
Wright, a five-star guard from St. John's College High School in Washington D.C., is coming off a bout of mononucleosis, where he lost 25 pounds. He is still regaining his extra burst of speed that made him so deadly at the Boo Williams Invitational, where he was named tournament MVP.
"I think I'm about 90 percent but I feel faster," Wright said. "I'm getting back to my usual self. My speed is getting back. My jump shot is getting back. I'm trying to get to full strength."
Wright said at his worst, he weighed 170 but now that he is at 188 pounds, he's getting back into the lane and powering his way through defenders. Wright helped pilot his Boo Williams team to the semi-finals of the Peach Jam, a feat that seems to be par for the course these days, all the while averaging 17.2 points, 3.2 assists and 2.7 steals per game.
The reality of playing in his final summer games is starting to hit him.
"I thought about it when I was coming out here, 'Man, this is my last go around.' Ever since you were seven years old, you think about this and now that it is here, it's crazy," Wright said.
As the summer season draws to a close, attention in the recruiting world shifts to, well, recruiting. And Wright has plenty to think through. Since re-opening his recruitment from an early pledge to N.C. State, the high-majors have come a calling.
"It's pretty much the same old guys but a couple have stepped in," Wright said. "Pittsburgh is one of them because the assistant principal at my school (David Cox) got an assistant job at Pittsburgh. He's a real close friend. I played for him when I was younger."
Pittsburgh isn't the only newer school. Wright said he is hearing from Clemson, Virginia Tech and Illinois and fielding interest from the same suitors as before - Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Miami, DePaul and Wake Forest.
"I'm going to take all five of my official visits," Wright said. "…I'm not sure where but I'll take all five."