Wright Set to Visit Louisiana

Wright Set to Visit Louisiana

When it comes to navigating the recruiting process, Georgia native Jay Wright has learned to be patient and go with the flow. Go inside the Cajun Redzone to get the full story on Wright's scheduled visit!

The Cajuns are looking for a point guard to fill the spot left by star Elfrid Payton, who left for the NBA after leading the program to the NCAA tournament as a junior.

"I've never been on a visit to Louisiana, so I'm looking forward to it," Wright said Wednesday. "I want to check out the program and see if I can live there and also talk with players and talk with the head coach in person."

Like Payton, Wright is a versatile guard. He was named the North Conference player of the year this season after averaging 16.5 points, five rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game for Casper College.

"Louisiana sounds like a good fit for me because of their playing style, and the fact they just went to the NCAA tournament makes me even more interested," Wright said. "I'll go there and plan to visit other schools before making a decision so I can compare because I've never been on a Division I visit."

Wright said he also plans to visit South Alabama the weekend of May 16 as well as San Francisco, whose starting point guard recently decided to transfer, on an undetermined date. Missouri, which signed Wright's former prep teammate Jakeenan Gant before a coaching change, also recently talked with him about visiting.

Before narrowing his list of schools Wright claimed offers from Missouri State, Loyola of Chicago, Florida Gulf Coast, Utah Valley, Mercer, Georgia Southern and College of Charleston. Washington State also offered before changing coaches this spring.

According to Wright, trust is a major factor as he considers his next school.

"I need to have a good relationship with the coaches, and they have to be honest with me," Wright said. "I want them to trust me, care about me as a player and student-athlete and let me go out there and play."

Casper College assistant Kasey Riley has described Wright – the cousin of former Boston Celtics and NBA D-League forward Brandon Wallace – as a shifty and elusive playmaker whose strengths are his mid-range game and pushing the ball in transition.

"I'm a player that's going to do whatever it takes to win," Wright said. "I'm a playmaker and skilled in many ways. I can score and distribute the ball. I'm also very athletic. Even though I'm a small guard, I'll go and grab a rebound. I'll bust my ass and do whatever it takes to win games."

Middle Tennessee, Georgia State and Georgia Southern recruited Wright – who was a qualifier – after he had a productive senior season at Effingham County High School in Springfield, Ga. That season he made the Region 3-AAAAA first team and Savannah Morning News All-Greater Savannah second team and averaged 12 points, 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game as Effingham County made the Class AAAAA Final Four. One of his teammates was Gant, who was named Georgia's Mr. Basketball this season as a senior.

Riley has high hopes for the once-overlooked Wright, who is eager to play Division I ball after proving his skills at the junior college level.

"He's a great kid and a fantastic player and he might even be a better person than he is a player," Riley told the Cajun Redzone in a previous interview. "His best basketball is definitely ahead of him."

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