Syracuse has a lot of spots to fill in the basketball recruiting class of 2017, but now if Jim Boeheim wants to bring in his son’s AAU teammate, Hameir Wright, he’ll have to wait another year. The Albany Academy and Albany City Rocks forward will reclassify from the class of 2017 to the class of 2018.
ESPN 100 forward Hameir Wright tells ESPN he will take a post-grad year after next season and plans to reclassify into the 2018 class.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) July 15, 2016
Last season, the 6-foot-8, 205 pound Wright averaged 19.0 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game but isn’t just an interior player. The athletic forward has a burgeoning skill set that should let him play either the small forward or power forward position at the next level, particularly if he winds up at Syracuse since he’s got the prototypical body type for a Boeheim forward.
Wright is a long, very solid athlete who has the ability to create for himself off the dribble but can also hit from long distance. He wasn’t prolific from deep last year but hit his fair share and was one of the top long range shooter for Albany Academy on the season. Wright’s seen his profile steadily grow through the EYBL season with the City Rocks, earning an offer from Syracuse along the way.
He’s already rated by ESPN as the No. 62 player in the class of 2017, so with an extra year to add strength (and getting stronger is probably the number one thing that should be on his agenda at this point, because while he’s a good athlete with solid skills, he’s very thin and will need extra muscle to finish through contact against college forwards) will likely vault him into the top 50 in the class of 2018.
Of course, it also puts Syracuse in an interesting situation when looking ahead to 2018, since the top target – at least in terms of national ratings – on the board for that class is Cam Reddish, a 6-foot-8 swingman with a game very similar to Carmelo Anthony’s. Of course, Wright could very well blossom into the Hakim Warrick to Reddish’s Carmelo, if the Orange wind up being lucky enough to snag them both. So getting one would not necessarily cancel out the chances of landing the other, particularly depending on how the 2017 class shakes out in terms of depth at the SF and PF spots.