Although Jeff Green's Dad ranked it as only the fifth most compelling story of this Georgetown off-season, we have an early glimpse from Jay Bilas (insider password required) as to whether Chris Wright is ready to lead.
And it's good news:
Chris Wright, Georgetown: Strong, compact and a good athlete, Wright would have been better served if he could have played the point exclusively in games, but there were others that spent more time handling the ball. He is a good shooter but did not knock down shots all week the way he is capable. He is a good defender on the ball but needs to be more vocal on the floor and take over in certain situations. An exceptional kid, Wright was a terrific teammate throughout the camp.
Interesting bout of good news-bad news by Bilas but I speak for most CasualHoya readers when I say that I'm pleased to see the phrase "terrific teammate" used with Lumpy. No one's ever doubted his ability or his competitive drive but it's been all too easy to question his commitment to the team. Coming into his senior year - as part of what will be one of the top backcourts in the nation - this is a great opportunity for him to finally establish himself as the proverbial coach on the floor.
Bilas also had a review of former Hoya, Vernon Macklin:
Vernon Macklin, Florida: I first worked with Macklin at the first Nike Skills Academy in Beaverton, Ore., when he was in high school. Back then, Macklin was a great athlete that could really pursue the ball, but his skill level was really lacking. Macklin is vastly improved, though, and is a high-energy big that can run the floor, attack the glass and finish plays in the low post. Macklin has really improved his footwork and can now hit a jump hook with either hand around the paint. He is coachable and a terrific kid.
Guess there will always be the question of what could have been but as the saying goes, he's a good kid and we wish him the best.