Jordan Wright made his announcement on last Friday via Twitter that he will be taking his academic excellence & basketball talents to the SEC at Vanderbilt University.
Wright decision came down to Vanderbilt & Tulane, but first year head coach Jerry Stackhouse was able to convince him that the Commodore program would be a better fit for him. “The coaching staff at Vandy made a big impression on me,” Wright said. “Coach Stackhouse played my position & he’s one of the best to ever do it. Bringing in Coach Grace & Coach Mazarei was big to me as well because they’ve been around pros & they know what it takes become one.”
People close to Wright thought he would choose Tulane because of his close knit relationship with assistant coach Kevin Johnson since his sophomore year. “Tulane is a great school & I know Coach Hunter will do great things over there,” Wright said. “Coach KJ & I have have a really good relationship as well, but I just felt like Vandy is somewhere I needed to be.”
The 6-6 wing is a three-time All-State selection & he also captured a state title his junior year while at Dunham. Wright is going to be playing in one of the toughest conferences in the country & even though he’s super talented he will have to find tune a few things to take his game to another level. “Conditioning is what I’ve been focusing on the most,” Wright said. “My jump shot has improved & I’ve been in the weight room a lot getting stronger. My trainer Dwayne has added a lot to my game since the season ended.”
Wright has seen the ups & downs of recruiting throughout his high school career, but one thing he has learned is that it is a business. “I learned that you have to do what’s best for you,” Wright said. “I knew that recruiting was a business, but I didn’t fully understand what that meant. Knowing where you are on a school’s board & whether the coach will be there when it is time for you to sign is very important.”
It’s no doubt that Wright has a bright future to look forward to on & off the court. He’s been a honor roll student all throughout high school & scored a 30 on his ACT. It’s going to be fun to watch him develop under somebody like Jerry Stackhouse & see him compete the next three to four years in a big time conference like the SEC.
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