Big Get for Mason
Sorry that it took a while to get this post up, George Mason fans, but the Patriots appear to have gotten quite a recruit in guard Sherrod Wright, a senior from Mount Vernon, N.Y., who gives Mason a six-player recruiting class. Credit Mason's Final Four run and the success of the Patriots and CAA member Virginia Commonwealth for helping land Wright, who will be one of the Patriots' most highly-rated recruits ever. (Though Patriot fans, more than anyone, need not be reminded that recruiting rankings mean little.)
From the Westchester Journal News:
On the Division I radar since he was a freshman, Wright also had offers from Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Fordham, Marquette and Providence. Oklahoma State and Providence had begun recruiting him aggressively in recent weeks.
"I had a lot of schools come after me late because they knew I was still out there," Wright said. "Those schools probably didn't get the first guy they wanted. I didn't want to be a second choice."
Wright instead will play for a school he expects to be in the running for an NCAA tournament berth every season. Under coach Jim Larranaga, the Patriots reached the Final Four in 2006. They earned an automatic tournament berth again in 2008.
"The big schools is where you get noticed," Wright said. "But the tournament is where you get known."
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