Rivals.com recently caught up with 6-foot-1 five-star junior point guard Chris Wright from St. John's College HS in Washington, DC for an update on his recruiting. Wright talked about a couple of unofficial campus visits that he's taken this fall, and revealed that he has an early leader.
"I visited Villanova a few weeks ago," Wright said. "It was a great visit. They have a couple of my old teammates up there this year, and it was good to see them again."
Wright also visited NC State over Labor Day weekend, and Herb Sendek and his staff have done a lot of early work with him. In fact, the work has paid off handsomely, as Wright calls the ACC program his current leader.
"I would say right now that NC State is the favorite," Wright said.
Not that he's anywhere close to making a decision.
Wright has scholarship offers from NC State, Villanova, Georgetown, Notre Dame, and Maryland. Duke, Wake Forest, Texas, Kansas, and DePaul are also recruiting him hard.
"I plan to visit Wake Forest, Notre Dame, and DePaul this fall," he said. The Notre Dame trip is set for October 15th and the USC football game. Dates had not yet been scheduled for the other two trips.
Wright said that he was leaning towards making a decision after his junior season. As a sophomore he averaged 22.7 points and 5.5 assists per game.
Wright, the nation's 16th ranked junior prospect, played very well last month at the Charlie Weber Fall Hoop Classic in Bowie, MD, teaming with future North Carolina PG Tywon Lawson to form a nearly unbeatable backcourt combination. He's a physical guard with explosive athletic ability who always seems to play at breakneck speed. Wright is a rock-solid 200 lbs. and seems to have little trouble knifing through traffic on his way to the rim. He's a reliable shooter when he gets an open look, though perimeter shooting is certainly an area that could use some improvement.
Perhaps what's most impressive about Wright is his court savvy. He rarely seems to make a bad decision with the basketball, getting teammates involved in the action, but sensing when the team needs points from him as well.