Baylor commit Robert Wright III has cemented himself as one of, if not the best point guard in the class of 2024. Wright III has collected some remarkable accomplishments during his three year tenure at the legendary Neumann Goretti in Philadelphia (PA), garnering POY honors, Catholic league and State championships, as well as becoming 10th all-time for career points in school history(1,213).
In this exclusive interview, Wright III breaks down his experience last weekend at USA Men’s Basketball JNT(Junior National Team) minicamp, this upcoming grassroots season, and joining national powerhouse Montverde Academy for the 2023-2024 season.
Your junior season at Neumann Goretti is now finished and you’re approaching your last season of AAU with Team Final. I know your main goal is to win Peach Jam, but tell me what this summer means to you knowing that it’s your last go round with your Final Fam?
Wright III: “Really just to prove to the people that still doubt me that I belong, and that I can compete with the best of the best. Just to try hard and really play my best to show that I'm the best point guard in our class.”
So you spent this past weekend down in Houston participating in the USA Basketball Men’s Jr. National Team minicamp, where you impressed a lot of Pro scouts. What are some takeaways you got from that experience?
Wright III: “It was a great experience, it was my first time actually so I was really looking forward to showing them who I was and what I could do. The on and off the court experience was great, coaches were great, players were great, it was just really good overall and I enjoyed it a lot. The scouts surprised me but, didnt at the same time because they told us ahead of time and I’ve played in front of that many scouts before.
Was it any other players from camp that surprised you, or stood out to you?
Wright III: “Dylan Harper, Tre Johnson, AJ Dybantsa, Ace Bailey, Tahaad Pettiford, Jeremiah Fears, Meleek Thomas, Carter Bryant and Koa Peat.”
So your tenure at Neumann Goretti has come to an end after this season, with you announcing the big move to play for Coach Boyle at Montverde Academy next year. What stood out about Montverde that made you feel like this move was necessary, and what are you looking forward to the most?
Wright III: “I thank NG for the platform they gave me and everything we did, but I just wanted to challenge myself even more and get ready for college, and the next level. Looking forward to being away with family and getting adjusted to that, so when I get to college it’s not that bad.”
Your résumé and accolades as a player at Goretti are outstanding, you’ve done a lot in your career so far. What are some of your personal goals heading into your senior campaign?
Wright III: “Make the Mcdonald’s game, be a Naismith Nominee, win Geico, become top 20 in my class, top five PG in my class, win a Gold medal and participate in the Nike Hoop Summit.”
What’re some hobbies or interests you have when you’re not playing basketball?
Wright III: “I’m a big family person. I love to spend time with my close ones, and my friends. Go to the movies, go bowling, things like that.”