The Buffaloes lost four guards to graduation and transfer. Tad Boyle accounted for Derrick White and Josh Fortune during the normal recruiting process. But when Thomas Akyazili and Bryce Peters left the program after the season, the Buffs had to find replacements. Well, they found upgrades instead.
McKinley Wright, Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball and one-time Dayton signee, committed to the Buffs today. After Archie Miller left Dayton for Indiana, Wright asked out of his letter of intent and started to look around for a new fit. Eventually, he took his first visit to Boulder and that was all he needed to make a decision. Tad Boyle and the Buffaloes beat out schools like OSU, Butler, Clemson, and Xavier to land Wright, and he sure does provide a great dynamic to this new class.
Here’s what we’re getting with Wright:
Both of my gifs are taken from TheMyrecruitez page on YouTube, who has a lot of great videos of McKinley, like this one:
First, Wright is a smaller guard at 6’0, but he doesn’t play like it. He bangs inside, and his extremely long arms and supreme second jump abilities let him recover and rebound more than you’d think for a PG. He can handle, pass, and shoot the ball with ease, and he has a really nice mid-range game. He can create his own shoot, seemingly at will. Finally, he is a maestro at the pick-and-roll:
This class now truly has it all. A true PG, a 6’6 Euro ball-handler (Lazar Nikolic), a 6’6 scoring wing (D’shawn Schwartz), a 6’8 athletic defender (Tyler Bey), and a 6’8 true post (Evan Battey). The best part? They all have four years of eligibility. Wright will step into minutes right away and contribute, much like the rest of this class.