By Tom Benoit
April 25, 2013 5:41 PM

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Marquis Wright and Stefan Jiggetts

According to multiple sources, Siena has reportedly received a verbal commitment from 6-1 point guard Marquis Wright to play for the Saints beginning in the fall of 2013. Wright who originally agreed to play for Loyola, opted to follow coach Jimmy Patsos to Loudonville. He will not be joined by long time friend and Maryland Ruff Riders AAU teammate Stefan Jiggetts who had previously signed with Siena but has reportedly now de-committed.

The news came soon after Lavon Long, another former Loyola recruit, announced he had also committed to Siena. Wright and Long were both in town for an on campus visit to Siena when news of the decisions was announced.

A four-year varsity player for North Point H.S (Waldorf, Md.), Wright averaged 16.6 points, 6.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 3.9 steals this past season, leading the Eagles (24-3) to the Class 4A semifinals for the third straight year. He is a two-time Southern Maryland Athletic Conference MVP and finished his high school career with 1,084 points, 560 assists, 325 rebounds and 290 steals.

He averaged 13.0 points per game as a junior and as a sophomore, Wright helped guide a veteran team to a perfect 27-0 record on the way to the Eagles’ first Maryland 4A championship.

The Washington Post described Wright as “an electric ball handler and passer” and ESPN Analyst describes his game this way.
Strengths:
“Wright is a true point who runs the show on the defensive end of the court. He strikes a good balance between staying under control, but still having the quickness to make plays at appropriate times. He plays a pass first distributing style, but is quick to the rim .”

Wright was named the 2013 Gatorade Maryland Boys Basketball Player of the Year. The winners are selected based on athletic production and impact in season. Each winner also demonstrates high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.

At the time of his original commitment to Loyola last fall, Wright had also been weighing an offer from Jacksonville. North Point Coach Jimmy Ball said, “They’re getting one heck of a point guard. He’s picked up his scoring each year, but he’s taking what the defense gives him. He looks to give assists first.”

Besides Loyola and Jacksonville, Wright also had interest from George Mason, High Point, Saint Francis (PA) and William & Mary. Following his release from Loyola interest picked up once again and Wright tweeted the following regarding those involved.

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