Benedictine’s Wright Reaffirms OSU Decision Is Right One

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Cameron Wright
It was just over a year ago when Cleveland Benedictine shooting guard
Cameron Wright issued a verbal commitment to play college basketball at
Ohio State. The 6-3 Wright was just wrapping up his freshman year at Benedictine
and OSU was just coming off its magical run to the NCAA championship
game. A year later (and a year older for Wright), he is still sure he made
the right decision in committing early to OSU and coach Thad Matta.


It was just over a year ago when Cleveland Benedictine shooting guard Cameron Wright issued a verbal commitment to play college basketball at Ohio State.

The 6-3 Wright was just wrapping up his freshman year at Benedictine and OSU was just coming off its magical run to the NCAA championship game.

A year later (and a year older for Wright), he is still sure he made the right decision in committing early to OSU and coach Thad Matta.

“I’ve been playing my whole life to have a chance to go to Ohio State,” Wright said. “Once I had that opportunity, I could not pass it up.”

Wright, rated as Ohio’s No. 4 junior-to-be in Ohio High magazine, committed while on campus for festivities surrounding last year’s spring football game.

“When I first visited, the atmosphere was crazy,” Wright said. “The coaches are all really good people. It’s in Ohio. I want to stay close to my mom and my dad.”

Wright went out as a sophomore for the Bengals and showed why the Buckeyes are so high on him. He averaged 18.5 points and earned first-team All-Northeast Lakes and second-team All-Ohio honors in Division II. He helped lead Benedictine to an 18-6 season, capped by a loss to previously unbeaten Poland Seminary in the regional finals.

“I believe I was the leader,” Wright said. “The offense had to go through me. I knew I couldn’t take any plays off.”

Wright is optimistic that Benedictine will take the next step this coming winter and advance to the state final four. He figures to be rejoined by 6-0 point guard Derek Jackson, a junior-to-be who averaged a robust 17 points per game in his own right.

“Everybody wants to do more,” Wright said. “Next year, our goal will be to win the state and my senior year the goal will be to win the state. We had a very good year. We have most everybody coming back, so we ought to have another pretty good year.”

Wright is spending his spring and summer playing for the King James Shooting Stars 16-and-under AAU team.

“It gives me an opportunity to fulfill my game and get better,” he said. “It also helps my teammates because I am already going to Ohio State. I am just trying to help my friends and help them out.”

Last weekend, Wright’s King James served as one of the host teams for the KJSS Classic in Akron. A week earlier, they played in the competitive 17-and-under tournament at an Arkansas AAU event.

“It was good exposure,” Wright said. “Playing against the 17-and-under teams helped us. We were against some good competition down there.”

This weekend, that King James 16-and-under team is playing at the Spiece Run ‘N Slam event in Fort Wayne, Ind. By playing five or six games in a weekend, Wright said the schedule can take a toll.

“When we get a break, we have to relax and get off our feet,” he said. “You just have to come out ready to play in the next game.”

Wright is a key member of OSU’s 2010 recruiting class, which also features Columbus Northland power forward Jared Sullinger, Georgia point guard Trae Golden and Indiana wing DeShaun Thomas.

“I can’t wait to get down there and play with those guys,” Wright said. “It’s very exciting to be a part of a class like that.”

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