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Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: 2017 Target Hameir Wright Considering Prep School

Wright is on track to graduate high school in 2017, but he might wait another year before going to college.

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Almost two weeks ago, ESPN's Jeff Borzello tweeted that Class of 2017 forward Hameir Wright, a Syracuse Orange target, told ESPN that he was going to take a post graduate year and reclassify to the Class of 2018. While Wright may still be weighing his options of where he will play basketball after the 2016-17 season, he will not be reclassifying, according to his AAU coach Jim Hart.

In order to reclassify, a high school student is either moving ahead or back a year due to their academic standing. If there are academic issues, a recruit would consider going back a year, while recruits with sufficient credits may decide to graduate early. According to, Albany City Rocks coach Hart says Wright is on track to graduate from Albany Academy in the spring. Upon his completion of high school, Wright may consider taking a prep year before going to college.

If Wright were to reclassify, he would be in junior standing for 2016-17, so by definition of the word reclassify, it does not seem like this is the route he will be taking. However, he is turning 17 next week and he will be that age when he graduates in the spring, making him young for his class. This is why Hart believes Wright is keeping his options open for a post grad year at a prep school as opposed to going straight to college.

Wright, a 6'8" forward from Albany Academy, ranks as the 62nd best recruit in the Class of 2017 according to ESPN and has received offers from Syracuse and seven other schools. His decision will obviously come down to what he thinks is best for himself, either going to college right after high school or giving himself another year to mature.

Whatever he decides to do, plenty of teams will remain interested, and it seems like there is still a good chance he will go straight to college. As a junior at Albany Academy, Wright averaged 19 points and 9.1 rebounds.