Isaiah Wright is a player who saw his recruitment really blow up during the July period, and deservedly so. This point guard hails from Boise, Idaho, and is one of, if not the best basketball player in the state. He led his Borah High School team to a 5A Idaho state title, and was named MVP of the state tournament. His play throughout the 2012 season earned him the title of 5A Idaho state player of the year.
This 6’2”, 170-pound point guard is the quintessential drive-and-kick player. Wright possesses the quickness to blow past his defender and kick it out to the open shooter when the defense collapses on him. He can finish around the glass with both hands through contact, in case the shooter is not open. Wright has a blossoming jump shot that has a nice touch to it.
I was able to ask Wright a few questions about his upcoming season at Borah High School, his overall recruitment, and the qualities of a point guard.
First, how did your AAU season go?
It went well for us (Boise Hoop Dreams), especially during the July period. We made it to the semifinals at the Northwest Premier Showcase at Bellevue College, got second at the Double Pump Best of the Summer tournament in Anaheim, California, and made it to the semifinals at the Las Vegas Classic, where we lost to Seattle Rotary.
Will you play this upcoming season with Borah High School again?
Last year you racked up a great number of personal accolades, such as 5A Idaho player of the year and MVP of the 5A Idaho state tournament. How are you going to build from your previous success in the 2013 season?
I just have to keep working hard. I am not satisfied with where I am at. I am going to strive to keep on getting better.
Any expectations for your team this upcoming season?
As the defending state champions, we are going to have a large target on our chest. However, I think we have a good chance of winning it again.
How has your recruiting process gone thus far?
It’s been pretty good and has picked up a lot after the summer.
What schools are showing you the most interest? Any Offers?
Santa Clara calls me every day, Creighton, and Utah has been pretty good to me as well. Those are the three big ones. I have offers from Creighton, LMU, Saint Mary’s, Kansas State, Utah, and Santa Clara.
What WCC schools are showing you interest?
LMU, Saint Mary’s, and Santa Clara.
This weekend you took an official visit to Creighton, how did that go?
I was a little skeptical to visit because I didn’t think I wanted to play that far from home, but I ended up loving it down there.
To my understanding you took an official visit to Santa Clara a few weeks ago. How did things go?
This visit was awesome because it was my very first one. It was the first school I was able to compare to my hometown school of Boise State. It was different and it was a very nice area. I really enjoyed it.
Most scouting/recruiting services project you to be a point guard at the next level. Do you agree with this?
Yes, most schools are recruiting me for the point guard spot.
What quality do you think is the most important in a point guard?
I think the most important quality is making your teammates better and being a leader. In this day and age, it is very hard to find a true point guard, so I think those are the intangibles you need to be considered one.
Fun Question: If there is any coach – past or present – you could play for, who would it be?
I have always been a North Carolina fan, so I would have to say Roy Williams.