VT Recruits in Southern Invitational

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As always, the Boo Williams squad was one of the most talented teams in the Southern Invitational field and, although they fell to eventual champ Chicago Jaguars in the semifinals, they promise to be a force in the AAU tourneys to come. Virginia Tech is targeting a handful of recruits from the Boo Williams team, including a top guard and several power forwards.

Headlining Boo Williams’ squad are guard Mike Scott.

Wright, a 6-1 guard out of St. John’s College School in Washington, D.C., is already one of the most highly regarded players in the 2007 class. As a junior this past season, he averaged 22 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and two steals per game.

A 5-star prospect by Rivals.com, a 4-star prospect by Scout.com and a two-time Washington Post all-metro selection, Wright currently has offers from Clemson, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Villanova, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others. He originally committed to N.C. State but has reopened his recruitment after Herb Sendek departed for Arizona State. He is not expected to make a decision anytime soon and seems to be going through the decision making process slowly.

Wright is strong at around 190 pounds and could play the point or the 2-guard position on the next level. He’s very quick and fast, plays good defense, has an excellent ability to penetrate and can knockdown the 3-point shot with solid consistency.

Huntington (W.V.) power forward Patrick Patterson definitely gets one’s attention when he walks onto the court. He is every bit of 6-8 and, at a well put-together 235 pounds, has a very good frame. He led Huntington to its second consecutive class AAA state championship title this past season, averaging 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocks per game. Patterson earned the Bill Evans Player of the Year award and was a first-team all-state selection.

“It meant a lot to us,” Patterson said of capturing the state championship a second straight year. “We wanted to come back and win another championship back-to-back. Next year we’re going to try and go for the third one and do something that’s never been done before in West Virginia.”

Patterson headed back to Huntington yesterday for the Victory Awards dinner, the West Virginia Sports Writers Association event for the top athletes and coaches in the state. The Chicago Jaguars disposed of Boo Williams’ squad by 26 points. Having