The Knights got a big boost from their junior shooting guard in what proved to be a very close game down the stretch. When shots werent falling from the outside, Sherrod Wright had the presence of mind to take the ball to the basket, where he excelled all afternoon.
While he might be an inch or two short for the off guard spot, he makes up for it with great athleticism and a nose for the hoop. Even though he knocked down a couple of shots off the dribble, Wright is clearly a slasher. He has a very nice first step and his handles are good enough where he can comfortably navigate his way through traffic. Once in the lane, he elevates very well, to the point where he can get his shot off over taller interior players on a regular basis. Wright showed flashes of explosiveness when attacking the rim as well as solid body control. He doesnt back away from contact around the rim, in fact from what we saw he appears to seek it out.
Defensively, Wright looks like a player that really gets after it all over the court. His has enough quickness that he can contain players at either guard position. His quick hands allow him to disrupt passing lanes and put contest pressure on opponents. We were really impressed with how hard Wright hits the boards though. Despite his 64 185 pound frame, the junior attacks the glass with a fierce mentality. His solid wingspan and strong leaping ability allow him to pull down more rebounds than he probably should, but with that said, his eleven rebounds against Patterson Catholic was very impressive.
Wright definitely looks like a guard that could be a nice scoring option at the collegiate level. He knows how to get into the lane and create scoring opportunities for himself. While he didnt do much on the perimeter in this game, from the little we saw Wright has a smooth stroke and can shoot off the dribble. His quick first step should be enough to keep taller guards honest and give him the room to get his outside shot off. It is way too soon to start making any kind of assessments of Wrights game from a professional standpoint. His frame lends him to being a point guard rather than a shooting guard, but he still has a lot of time to develop and tailor his game. With schools like North Carolina, Connecticut and Indiana showing interest, you can bet that Wright will be able to hone his game against top flight competition.