Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner will host a rather unheralded prospect on an official visit this weekend. Forward Moses Wright of Enloe High in Raleigh, N.C., could be the third player to join Tech’s 2017 class.
Wright does not have a recruiting ranking from Scout, Rivals, 247Sports or ESPN. He did not make the coaches or Associated Press all-state team in the state of North Carolina. He does, though, have scholarship offers from Kansas State and Charlotte along with Tech, Wright’s high-school coach Patrick Paye said Thursday.
“He did kind of come off the radar,” Paye said. “I don’t want to sell him short. I think a lot of it’s a tribute to him and how much work he’s put in over the past two years.”
Paye said that Wright was 6-foot-4 and 160 pounds as a sophomore but has grown to 6-8 and 200 pounds with a 7-2 wingspan and the frame to put on about 15 more pounds. At the start of last summer, he was fielding interest from Division II and low Division I schools, but that interest picked up over the course of his high-school season.
Besides Tech, Kansas State and Charlotte, there are a couple of SEC schools that have shown interest. Texas is trying to bring him out for an official visit, Paye said. Wright has an official visit with Charlotte (coached by Tech legend Mark Price) after he makes his trip to Atlanta and is considering making a trip to Kansas State.
Tech assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie has led Tech’s recruitment of Wright, whom Paye sees as a “stretch-4” power forward with some versatility. He said that Wright shot 41 percent from 3-point range this season.
“Coach LaBarrie had called a couple times, I guess, in December and they wanted film and I sent him about four or five films,” Paye said. “I think they talked to some people around here and got a chance to see him play and thought he was quality enough to recruit him.”
Paye further described Wright as a good student and a “good, quality kid.”
Said Paye, “He’s the kind of kid you want in your program.”
After landing one signee in the early signing period — New York point guard Jose Alvarado — Pastner is trying to fill out the signing class. With Oklahoma guard Curtis Haywood having committed, Tech has five spots available with the transfer of forward Christian Matthews . Chances are that some of the slots will go to transfers, either graduates or the standard variety.
The signing period begins April 12, although letters of intent are often signed weeks after the opening of the period.