Champlin Park’s Wright to re-open his college recruitment

Champlin Park point guard and former University of Dayton commit McKinley Wright announced April 7, that he has asked Dayton for a release from his commitment so his can re-open his collegiate recruitment.

Champlin Park's McKinley Wright (25) guards a wayzata player during the Class 4A state boys basketball tournament last month. Wright announced he has requested for a release from the University of Daytona nd will be re-opening his college recruitment. (Photo by Brian Flanary)
Champlin Park’s McKinley Wright (25) guards a wayzata player during the Class 4A state boys basketball tournament last month. Wright announced he has requested for a release from the University of Daytona nd will be re-opening his college recruitment. (Photo by Brian Flanary)

“First of all, I would like to thank everyone that has believed and supported me during this stressful but rewarding recruiting process,” Wright said in a note posted on his personal Twitter account. ‘As many of you know about the current circumstance with the Head Coaching change at Dayton University which has caused me to have a lot of conversation & thoughts about my current college choice.

“After talking with my family, friends & Coach Al Harris I’ve decided to request for my release from Dayton University & reopen my recruitment. As Dayton remains a program that I will strongly consider, I feel that it’s in my best interest to explore all opportunities with the current change of events.

“Again I thank all those that have reached out recently in this difficult time & I can assure you wherever I end up that program will receive the best student athlete that I can be.”

Wright’s announcement comes almost two weeks after Dayton head men’s basketball coach Archie Miller left Dayton for the same position at Indiana University. Anthony Grant was named Dayton’s new head men’s basketball coach March 30.

Wright initially committed to Dayton at a press conference held at Champlin Park High School Sept. 13. Wright’s decision at the time was between Dayton and the University of Minnesota, but Wright and Minnesota mutually parted ways after New York City point guard Isaiah Washington committed to the Gophers.

It is unclear at this point who will be involved in Wright’s recruitment process.

Wright’s Rebels went on to finish the season with a 31-1 record, with the team’s lone loss coming to Apple Valley in the Class 4A state title game. Wright averaged 22.8 points, eight rebounds and 7.4 assists during his senior campaign. Wright was also announced as Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball, the top award for a senior basketball player in the state, March 26.

Wright received his player release from Dayton April 10.

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