Rivals on the Court Turn a Friendship Into a Partnership
Their commitment to getting better has been evident for years. Wright was one of the area's first high schoolers to begin working with a personal trainer. While it often is difficult to get basketball players to bulk up, Wright quickly added 22 pounds of muscle and plenty of explosiveness to his frame by lifting weights and eating more often, including countless peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. "He went from being a pretty good leaper to dunking the heck out of the ball," said Alan Stein, who co-owns Elite Athlete Training Systems and worked with Wright the past three years. " Chris set it off for me in the area. He was like a walking billboard." While Wright's success has been easy to see in the scorebook -- not even Hall of Fame coach Morgan Wootten is certain of another local player to top 2,000 points in his high school career -- Freeman often is required to carry less of the load for DeMatha. When the time comes, however, Freeman also can be the go-to player; he averaged 29 points in two victories over Wright and St. John's.