Wright, 6-foot point guard who led North Point to three straight Maryland 4A East region titles, is free to play right away elsewhere and will likely to follow former Greyhound Coach Jimmy Patsos to Siena College, but Walter Wright said that move is “not a lock yet.” The Albany Times Union originally reported that Wright had requested his release on Tuesday.
Wright said his family filed the necessary paperwork to obtain the release mid last week but did not decide to follow through until after he spoke by phone with new Loyola Coach G.G. Smith on Sunday night. He joins Oakland Mills forward Lavon Long as the second local recruit to be granted full release by the school since Patsos’ departure.
At Siena, Marquis Wright would join friend and longtime Maryland Ruff Riders AAU teammate Stephan Jiggetts, a McNamara senior guard who signed his national letter-of-intent to Siena before the school ousted Coach Mitch Buonaguro last month.
The pair would like to play together, but Walter Wright said he and Stephan’s father Steve also want to make sure their sons are not competing for the same position. They had the same concern during the recruiting process originally before deciding on different schools.
“We want them to both be able to go into a school and play some good minutes and be able to shine,” said Walter Wright, who is Stephan Jiggetts’ godfather.
Marquis Wright, the Gatorade State Player of the Year in Maryland, has not previously visited Siena, and Walter Wright said he expected an official visit to happen next week, though as of Wednesday afternoon a date had not been set. Long is expected to make his visit to the school next Wednesday.
More importantly, Wright said he and Steve Jiggetts need to speak with Patsos to get a sense for how both players could be used. Most colleges saw both players as point guards, but Stephan Jiggetts, who is 6-foot-2, is more of a pure scorer and could likely play the off guard position in the right system.
Walter Wright said he believes his son would have other suitors if Siena isn’t the choice and didn’t rule out a return to Loyola, given that he and Smith ended Sunday’s conversation on good terms.
The NCAA regular signing period for basketball began on Wednesday and ends May 15. The organization’s recruiting calendar is currently in a dead period that began on Monday and ends on Thursday, so coaches may not contact players directly until Friday.
“If we know it’s going to work, then you’ll see them there [at Siena],” Walter Wright said. “If not, you may see one of them there or neither of them. That’s kind of the hold up right now.”
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