Monday, July 7, 2014

Donovan Wright Commits to Cornell

Cornell received a verbal commitment from Donovan Wright (Blair Academy) Blairstown, NJ, 6-6, F.

During 2013-2014, Wright and Blair Academy captured the New Jersey Prep Championship.  Wright had 9 points in the state title game.

Prior to committing to Cornell, Wright also received an offer from Canisius and was receiving interest from Siena and Lafayette.  Prior to enrolling at Blair Academy, Wright, a native of Easton, Pennsylvania, played for the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut where he was First Team All NEPSAC as a sophomore in 2012-2013.  NJ Hoops/ ranks him the #25 senior in New Jersey.

On the commitment, NJ Hoops/ writes:
6-foot-6 Blair wing Donovan Wright has made his college plans. Wright has made an early commitment to Cornell University  In addition to Cornell Wright had interest from Canisius, Brown, Columbia, BU, Davidson, Bucknell, Lafayette and VCU.  Wright played at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut before transferring to Blair.  This season he helped lead Blair to a 16-6 record and final NJ Hoops ranking as the #1 Prep Team in the state.  On the summer circuit Wright was named to the All Tournament Team at Gym Rats Challenge and was a former Underclass All Star at Hoop Group Elite Camp. A terrific athlete, Wright is ranked among NJ Hoops top 25 seniors.

Wright was evaluated by New England Recruiting Report as, "Very strong and athletic but more 4 than 3; can make a wide open 3 but perimeter skill isn't forte."  Similarly, Future 150's Brian Flinn noted, "2015 wing Donovan Wright is an interesting prospect for Blair Academy. Super athletic and plays hard."  He was also evaluated at the Summer 2013 Gym Rat Invitational when playing for his AAU team, the New Jersey Thunder, as follows:
Donovan Wright (6-5 forward) N.J. Thunder/Hotchus H.S.: A strong, 220-pound body mixed with incredible explosive athleticism makes him a tough matchup. He is capable of posting up smaller defenders, and slower/big defenders have a tough time staying in front of him. His jumper is consistent out to the three-point line. Does a great job of rebounding out of his area, and he alters shots at the rim.  Hearing from Patriots.


Anonymous said...

Nice to have a commit in the bag!

Still looking for that top-shelf point guard...

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Staff is trying for a PG.

But this is yet another good/solid get. Very similar to Errick Peck. He's a 4-man in a 3-man's body, hence lower level recruitment. Also, his skill set is still behind his athleticism level.

Within the Ivy, he's similar to Steve Moundou-Missi (or Cornell's Jordan Abdur Ra'oof).

He fits perfectly into the type of player Bill Courtney wants. Guy who can defend, very energetic, rebounds, gets out in transition.

Don't assume that just because he is the first to commit that he will be the best of the commits.

Anonymous said...

...he is a guard/wing and his offensive game should not be underestimated. He is a great distributer with excellent ball handling. He scores 20 point average in high school as a starter.