Reigning 5A Gatorade Idaho player of the year Isaiah Wright gave a verbal commitment Sunday to play basketball for the University of Utah.
Wright, a 6-foot-2 senior point guard at Borah High, has helped the Lions win two straight 5A state championships.
Wright decided on Utah after making an official visit over the weekend. He also had offers from Boise State, Kansas State, Santa Clara, St. Maries (Calif.), Creighton and Loyola Marymount.
“I think the big thing was because (assistant) coach (Tommy) Connor was recruiting me for quite a while, starting my sophomore year,” Wright said. “We created a great relationship and I just felt something when I went up there that I didn’t feel at Santa Clara or Creighton. I knew I wanted to go there.”
Wright will be a four-year starter for the Lions and is coming off a junior campaign in which he averaged 16.2 points, 6.9 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game for the 25-1 Lions. He was voted the Idaho Statesman’s 5A All-Idaho Player of the Year last season.
Wright said he wanted to make a commitment now to be “stress free” for his senior season.
“I love the coaching staff there and I think we can build a special thing,” Wright said.
Longtime Borah boys basketball coach Cary Cada has had high praise for Wright since he made him a starter for the Lions as a freshman.
“I believe that he may be the best player to come out of Idaho in quite some time. That being said, I sincerely believe that he is a better person than he is a basketball player,” Cada said.
Cada said Utah is a great fit for Wright.
“I think it is a great place for him to be,” Cada said. “And it’s still close enough for us to follow him and catch some games.”