Thursday, November 5, 2009

Atlantic 10 Preseason Player of the Year: Chris Wright

National Hoops Atlantic 10 Preseason Player of the Year
Chris Wright, SF, Junior, Dayton

Try finding a more athletic player in college basketball than Wright. He mixes bounce, size and strength about as good as anyone. And the scary thing is this: Wright has yet to reach the highest point of his game.Wright averaged a team high 13.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks a game as a sophomore.

The first time I saw Wright play was in New Orleans at the 16 and under nationals. I only saw him play one game but that game was memorable. Playing against a good team from South Carolina that featured Leron Dendy, Wright had one of the best dunks I’ve ever seen in person. He broke loose in transition and threw down a 360 dunk in the open floor. No one saw it coming. Wright left the tournament after the game due to the nastiest spider bite I’ve ever seen in my life. He needed surgery to remove the infection.

The best game I saw of Wright in high school was at the Flyin' to the Hoop. And Wright didn’t even play his best. Confused? The 6-8 forward played against Oak Hill Academy, the nation’s top team at the time, and scored 21 points in a difficult match-up. He was in front of a packed house in a high energy situation. His second half alone was a good indicator of good things to come. Right now, there isn’t a better player in the Atlantic 10 than Wright.

According to the RSCI rankings, Wright was the No. 57 ranked player in the class of 2007.

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