CHARLESTON, SC -
The Citadel head basketball coach Chuck Driesell announced on Wednesday that Jake Wright officially signed his National Letter of Intent and will join the team next fall.
Wright earned three stars from ESPN, placing himself fifth among Minnesota seniors and 49th nationally, the best of any Southern Conference recruit.
"I am very excited to have Jake Wright as a part of The Citadel family," said Driesell. "I knew from the first time I saw him play that he was exactly what we were looking for to make us a better team."
A 6-4, 195-pound shooting guard from Minnetonka, Minn., Wright is entering his senior season at Hopkins High School with a career total of 833. As a junior he scored 474 points (16.3 ppg) while earning Most Valuable Player honors at the 2012 Augsburg Classic and 2013 MLK Classic All-Stars.
In his third season with the Royals, Wright was also named to the 2013 Star Tribune all-metro team and 2012-13 All-Lake conference first team. His AAU team, the Howard Pulley Panthers, captured the national championship in Orlando, Fla., in late July.
Two of his Howard Pulley teammates, Tyus Jones and Reid Travis are ranked first and third in Minnesota, respectively, by ESPN's recruiting database.
"He comes to us well-prepared as he plays for a great high school coach who has helped many of his former players go on to the college ranks and be highly successful," Driesell added. "That, along with playing this past summer for the No. 1 AAU program in the country, makes him someone who has the tools to come in here and make an impact as a freshman."
An All-Lake Conference honorable mention recipient as a sophomore, Wright scored 272 points (9.5 ppg) over the course the season. He drew national attention when he appeared on ESPN's Sportscenter Top 10 for scoring three 3-point baskets in 70 seconds, including a tying basket in overtime of the Minnesota State semifinals. On the AAU circuit, Wright's team advanced to the semifinals of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) Peach Jam.
As a freshman in 2010-11, Wright came off the bench to score 87 points for head coach Ken Novak Jr.'s squad, which captured its third straight 4-A state championship. The team finished the season ranked No. 13 in USA Today's Super 25.
Among the notable alumni at Hopkins High School include Kris Humphries (New Jersey Nets).
Wright also drew interest from Columbia, Drake, Ohio and Vermont.
Ryan James (Minnesota Rivals.com Recruiting Coordinator) on Wright: "Definitely one of the best shooters in the state of Minnesota. His pull-up jumper has improved along with his overall shot. Playing under one of the best high school coaches in the state of Minnesota in Novak, he has a great understanding of team defense and is a great catch-and-shoot player from the arc."