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Saturday, March 17, 2007

SI Profile of Mr. Chris Wright

Can you just imagine what this team will be like next year if Green stays? (Damn CBS writers are encouraging him to go:

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Hoyas recruit carries confidence, energy of Iverson

"The bigger the game, the better he plays," says St. John's coach Paul DeStefano. "He can take over a game at any time. I've never had a player as explosive as he is."

Anyone in attendance at the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., in January can verify DeStefano's praise. There, Wright led St. John's to a narrow 85-81 win over St. Andrew's (Barrington, R.I.).

His highlight-reel performance started on the game's first possession, when Wright made a 35-foot jumper to beat the shot clock. He went on to score 39 points without committing a turnover, adding five boards, five assists, two steals and a block. At a tourney filled with top-15 recruits such as Notre Dame Prep forward Michael Beasley, DeMatha guard Austin Freeman and Towson Catholic forward Donte Greene, all eyes were on Wright.

"I definitely like being that guy, I like having the role of being the guy teammates go to," says Wright, who was earlier named Most Outstanding Player at the prestigious Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in December. "You can't be afraid to take the shots. If you miss them, you miss them. But if you make them, then everyone's going to love you."

With bravado like that, it's no surprise that Wright is often compared to Georgetown alum Allen Iverson. And yes, like the perennial NBA All-Star, Wright has both the confidence and skills to slash his way to the basket or sink an outside shot. But it's his ability to take over a game that has fans seeing shades of A.I. in Wright's play.

(Before the IPB freaks out, Chris Wright carries a 3.4 GPA and has never been in any disciplinary trouble. The comparison is strictly regarding basketball ability and attitude.)

1 comment:

Diamond_Mike said...

Chris Wright scored 57 points last night. He scored 57 point in one game. Wow.