When you talk about the future of Pitt's basketball team, the names that most often come up are Steven Adams, James Robinson, and 2013 recruit, Mike Young. But one guy that shouldn't be left out of the mix is soon-to-be junior Cam Wright.
I doubt that Wright will ever be an offensive star. But he dramatically improved this season and became a solid contributor after a shaky freshman year. Wright actually reminds me quite a bit of a guy like Brad Wanamaker.
Wanamaker looked like a deer in headlights his freshman season and there were questions of if he even belonged. But as he improved, I expect Wright to improve. And when it comes to comparisons, the two put up eerily similar numbers in their first couple of seasons:
Wanamaker (Freshman): 11 minutes per game, 2.2 ppg., 32% FG, 1.4 apg, 1.2 rpg
Wright (Freshman): 12 minutes per game, 2.2 ppg, 35% FG, .7 apg, 1.6 rpg
Wanamaker (Sophomore): 19 minutes per game, 5.8 ppg, 46% FG, 2.1 apg, 3.2 rpg
Wright (Sophomore): 15 minutes per game, 4.3 ppg, 50% FG, 1.0 apg, 1.4 rpg
Wanamaker produced a bit more in his second season, but he also played more. Wright also shot a bit better. Both had poor freshman seasons followed by an improvement in their sophomore years. Wanamaker, though, really took off a bit in his junior year and the hope here is that Wright does the same.
Wright won't be a star, but could be one of those 'do it all' type of players for Pitt that just makes plays when called upon. And as I mentioned before, he will get a chance to contribute even more with the loss of Tray Woodall. He and Trey Zeigler will be called upon to man the shooting guard spot and without Woodall, there should be more minutes for both of them.
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