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TBT: Former McDonald’s All-American and St. John’s guard Chris Wright

Georgetown recruit Chris Wright dribbles up court during action in the McDonald's All American High School Basketball Team games at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky on March 28, 2007.
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In this first edition of Throw Back Thursday, we will be looking back at point guard Chris Wright. The Bowie, MD native played his high school basketball at St. John’s College High School (DC).

During his time playing for the Cadets, Wright was one of the top, if not the top player in the Washington, DC area. When he was a sophomore and junior, Chris averaged 22 points a game.

In 2007 which was Wright’s senior year, he averaged 30.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. He led St. John’s to a 24-9 record and helped them make an appearance in the WCAC Championship game where they lost to DeMatha.

At the end of the season, Wright was named DC Gatorade Player of the Year. He played in the McDonald’s All-American Game and won the three-point contest. Wright also made an appearance in the Jordan Brand Classic.

He is the all-time scoring leader at St. John’s with 2, 580 career points. Wright was the second high school player from the area to receive three Washington Post All-Met selection honors. The first player to do it was NBA Hall of Famer and DeMatha alumni Adrian Dantley.

Wright was listed as a four-star prospect by 247sports.com. He was ranked as the No. 1 player in Washington, DC and the No. 8 point guard in the nation. Chris ended up going to play college ball for John Thompson III and Georgetown. But before he committed, he had offers from schools like Maryland, DePaul, Villanova, NC State and Pittsburgh.

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Chris played four years and 110 career games at Georgetown. He averaged 12.4 points and four assists per game. He scored a career high 34 points against Harvard in 2009 and dished 12 assist against Appalachian St and Coastal Carolina in 2010.

After college, Wright signed to play for the Olin Edirne in the Turkish Basketball League. In 2012, Chris signed a contract with the New Orleans Hornets but never made the roster. He then went to play D-League basketball for the Iowa Energy.

Wright averaged 15.3 points per game in his D-League career and made an appearance in the D-League All-Star in 2013. Chris went back to the NBA on March 13, 2013 as he signed a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks. Wright played for Iowa Energy once again in 2014 and is now playing for Hapoel Holon of Israel.

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