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Minnesota Mr. Basketball McKinley Wright commits to Colorado

McKinley Wright always saw himself playing at the major conference level. After getting a release from his letter of intent to Dayton, the Champlin Park senior point guard will get a chance to play in the Pac-12 Conference next season. 

Wright announced his commitment Friday to Colorado on Twitter. The 6-foot-1 Minnesota Mr. Basketball winner was visiting the campus in Boulder, Colo. this week. 

Following Dayton coach Archie Miller's departure to take the Indiana job earlier this month, Wright reopened his recruitment and received a release from the Flyers. He heard from schools such as Baylor, Butler, Tennessee and Clemson.  

Wright averaged 22.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.8 assists for Champlin Park this season, while earning Star Tribune All-Metro Player of the Year honors. He led his high school team to the Class 4A state title game before falling to Apple Valley.

The Gophers contacted Wright initially, but their extra scholarship for the 2017 class was filled by Louisville 7-foot transfer Max Stockman. Richard Pitino already signed four-star point guard Isaiah Washington and three-star shooting guard Jamir Harris for next season.

Pitino offers 2018 scholarship to Pennsylvania power forward

With potentially five scholarships available for 2018, Gophers coach Richard Pitino can afford to cast his net pretty wide in hopes of landing a top-notch recruiting class.

On Monday, four-star power forward Jake Forrester posted on Twitter that he received a scholarship offer from Minnesota. He announced the same day an offer from Miami (Fla.).

The 6-foot-9, 215-pound junior at Westtown High School in Harrisburg, Pa. also has offers from Indiana, Maryland and Penn State in the Big Ten.

Cretin-Derham Hall junior Daniel Oturu is already committed to the Gophers, but there’s room for another frontcourt player in the class. Oturu is Minnesota’s center of the future. Could Forrester play alongside him? Sure. They both possess impressive length, athleticism and defensive potential.

Forrester averaged 6.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in his first two Nike EYBL games over the weekend with PSA Cardinals (N.Y.) in Hampton, Va. He’s not the type of player to put up gaudy offensive numbers, but he’s a highlight reel waiting to happen. Forrester excels at playing above the rim, but he appears to have a decent jump shot and rebounds well. Think of a slender version of current Gopher freshman Eric Curry.'s Ryan James from GopherIllustrated spoke to Forrester on Monday night.

The Gophers’ top priority at power forward is Armstrong’s Race Thompson, who is a four-star prospect and top-100 player in the 2018 class. Thompson hasn’t mentioned Minnesota as a favorite yet, so it makes sense to continue to look at other players at his position.

Forrester is another solid option that could fit well with the type of team Pitino has built at Minnesota.