March 22, 2013
Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball signee Marquis Wright was named the 2012-2013 Gatorade Maryland Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports.
Wright, who will don the Greyhounds’ green and grey in 2013-2014, helped his North Point High School team advance to the Maryland Class 4A Semifinals and a 24-3 record this season.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior guard averaged 16.6 points, 6.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 3.9 steals while earning Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player honors for the second year in a row.
Wright, who has maintained a 3.08 grade point average in the classroom, concluded his high school career with 1,084 points, 560 assists, 325 rebounds and 290 steals as a four-year varsity player at the school in Waldorf, Md.
He is the first player to win the Maryland award from a public school since Oxon Hills High School’s Mike Sweetney (Georgetown) earned the honor in 2000. Prior to Sweetney, the last public school player to win the award was current Loyola women’s basketball assistant coach Keith Booth after his senior season at Dunbar High School in 1993 before heading to Maryland.
“Marquis Wright is a very cerebral point guard who has all the tools to lead a college team,” said Dale Lamberth, head coach at Thomas Stone High in a release by Gatorade. “Having competed against his team over the past four years, I have seen tremendous growth in his leadership and skills on the court.”
Wright will be the second Gatorade State Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year on the Greyhounds’ roster next season, joining current freshman Eric Laster who won the award in Delaware last year.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.