INDIANAPOLIS — Owensboro native Eli Wright expected the recruiting process to speed up this year, but he’s still been surprised at the amount of attention college coaches have thrown his way.
“It’s kind of overwhelming,” he said. “It’s been crazy.”
Still, the 6-foot-4 guard who plays at Apollo High and is considered one of the top 75 players in the country by 247Sports.com is hoping to narrow his search down to one final suitor by November, when he would like to commit to his future college.
As of now, Wright said he plans to visit Miami and Virginia Tech, but he would also like to visit in-state powers Louisville and Kentucky and go see Ohio State. Two of those schools, U of L and Ohio State, have been in touch with Wright, he said.
Ohio State head coach Thad Matta and an assistant watched Wright and his Hoop Dreams team win their Saturday morning game here at the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Series in northeastern Indianapolis. Wright compiled 10 points, three assists and two rebounds and showed his quickness on the wing.
Minnesota coach Richard Pitino, Indiana coach Tom Crean, Texas coach Shaka Smart, SMU coach Larry Brown and Clemson coach Brad Brownell all watched Wright’s game, too, along with assistants from Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland and several other programs.
Wright, the 99th-best prospect in his class according to Scout.com, said he may monitor friend and AAU teammate Aric Holman’s recruitment in the coming months and would strongly consider going to the same school as the 6-10 forward.
But for now, Wright is focused on narrowing down his own options and moving toward a decision.
“I’m just looking for a coach I can trust,” he said. “I’m basically giving my life off to them. I want somebody who will push me every day.”