Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Corey Wright Jr. displays all the 'wright' moves on the court

by Zach Smart

Corey Wright Jr. dribbled through traffic and broke down the defense, his head up and eyes burning.

When the CBC 17U unit tried to put the clamps on the small, but cat-quick guard, they were too late.

Wright Jr., widely regarded as one of the top 2010 guards across the New England basketball landscape, whipped a precision pass to an open teammate.

He provided his teammates with buckets easier than Sunday morning and sliced his way to the cup.

Simply put, Wright Jr.'s court vision, ability to alter his speed, propensity to fend off defensive pressure, better his teammates and fuel a number of momentum-swinging runs turned heads at the Freeman Athletic Center.

Short in stature, Wright Jr.'s heart seems to pump lion's blood at a frantic pace. Hellbent on winning, Wright Jr. is the prototypical true point guard.

The Providence-bred youngster has run the show at Marianapolis Prep.

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It's helped him launch a stock that a bevy of high-end Division-I programs are now reaching into their pockets and buying into.

"He's received a couple offers so far," said Corey Wright Sr., referencing Fordham and Delaware.

"But he's starting to get looks from the bigger schools like Vanderbilt, Rutgers and Providence. We're not even feeding into it yet. When it's time, in the summer, then we'll take it more seriously. (Recruiting) is a process."

Pops knows from experience. The Harlem, N.Y. product was recruited by Bobby Gonzalez when he was an assistant on Pete Gillen's staff to Providence College.

Wright Sr. was also a point guard and was part of a tornado of talent recruiting class which featured God Shammgod.

That squad put the Friars back on the college basketball map, advancing all the way to the elite eight in one of the most prosperous seasons in PC history.

Providence has shown heavy interest of the legacy, albeit they have yet to offer.

If I was a betting man, I'd say it's because they already secured Notre Dame Prep PG Johnnie Lacy in the 2009 recruiting class, as well as Vincent Council.

Wright Jr. handled Lacy, significantly, the last time the two guards with a similar make-up encountered each other.

Based on the way Wright Jr. thoroughly scraped the competition at the Hoophall Classic at Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) this past weekend, his stock certainly won't plummet.

The kid has the necessary tools to evolve into a considerable Big East prospect.

With maturity and poise, mastering the intangibles should be no problem for the neophyte.

His father has noticed his son's progression as a playmaker.

As time progresses, a flock of coaches will too.

I can bet my bottom dollar on that one.



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