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Why Wright chose Mason

George Mason Basketball: Why Wright chose Mason

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Why Wright chose Mason

Some quotes from Sherrod yesterday:

"I went down there for a visit a few weeks ago and I knew it was a good fit for me," Wright said. "I didn't know too much about the school. I knew it had been in the Final Four a few years ago, but I learned it had everything I wanted."
"I had a lot of schools come after me late because they knew I was still out there," Wright said. "Those schools probably didn't get the first guy they wanted. I didn't want to be a second choice."

My personal favorite line:

"The big schools is where you get noticed," Wright said. "But the tournament is where you get known."



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your web site. Have read it often since it started. Am just as excited as everyone else about the 6 incoming freshmen, most of whom are 3* recruits, as well as the team's outlook.

But there's a lot of talk that Wright may be the highest rated recruit GMU has ever signed. Older hoops fans can turn to the bottom of pg. 47 of their 83-4 Street & Smith's to find a profile of Kenny Sanders, which the publication compiled annualy for each of their top 30 rated rising seniors. Page 22 shows their 1st through 6th HS All-America teams. Sanders was placed on their 5th team of five, meaning S&S considered him to be between the 21st and 25th best player in the Class of 1984 (as of the end of the 82-3 school year), which is equivalent to a 5-star recruit.

Since this is all I know, wonder if this was a Paris Bennett type case where he was highly rated earlier in his HS days but then after his Sr yr scouting services downgraded him quite a bit. Kenny's first yr for GMU was not until 85-6, as he originally was going to be part of Harrington's incoming class, but then went out to Okla Sooners, then transferred back to us.

Interestingly, this is the only profile I ever remember S&S compiling which did not incl the student's photo. His name was also misspelled Saunders, which confused me at the time for a couple of years. They did get something right, he did attend McKinley Tech HS in D.C.

6:15 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Kenny Sanders was never recruited by Mason when he was coming out of high school. Both him and Mason's all-time leading scorer Carlos Yates were guys who signed with BCS schools than transferred to Mason. Not really the same thing as what I am talking about. Wright is one of the highest rated recruits to come to Mason that coaching staff actively pursued while still being in high school and had intentions of being his first choice.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wright seemed to be getting better with age and had been attracting a lot of attention his senior year. With this pick up, next falls team has to be one of the most talented squads Laranaga has coached. It will be interesting to see what he can do with it.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With coach L staying until 2015 and these talented recruits that we have been able to bring in, I think we are looking at a couple of sweet sixteens or even elite eights in next 6 years.

12:44 PM  
Blogger C Hirsch said...

Lets win another game in the Tournament before we start talking about making multiple Sweet 16's and Elite 8's

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should be a very exciting season. I don't know how much stock I put into ratings, however. Cam Long was not highly ranked but he is one of the best players in conference. College ball is a huge step beyond high school. If everyone elevates their game like Cam Long did this season, GMU will do quite well.

10:50 AM  
Blogger's good for you. said...

I agree with C Hirsch...our future is bright...but, we may need a year for all of this youth to gell, before we can start talking about tournament success.

11:07 AM  

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