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Marquis Wright has never been worried about accolades, but now he can add another to his high school basketball resume.
Last Thursday, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound point guard was named the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year, leading the North Point boys basketball team to a 24-2 overall record and a third-straight Class 4A state tournament appearance, recently falling to Prince George’s County nemesis Eleanor Roosevelt in the semifinals at the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center in College Park.
Wright mentioned that he didn’t find out about the huge honor until the next afternoon while in business management class.
North Point head boys basketball coach Jimmy Ball, Principal Kim Hill and athletic director Andrew Shattuck came down to Wright’s class to tell him he had won the award.
“I was shocked,” said Wright, who will be playing at Division I Loyola (Md.) University in Baltimore next season. “I was thinking about how this was a big accomplishment for me, but knowing that my team was behind me the whole way was great. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
As the Eagles’ floor general, Wright capped off his senior season, averaging 16.6 points, 6.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 3.9 steals per game, while also earning his second straight SMAC Most Outstanding Player honor.
He is the first public school player to win the Maryland award since Oxon Hill’s Mike Sweetney (Georgetown) in 2000. Before 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 in 1993 before heading to Maryland.
“I’m very proud of Marquis’ accomplishments, he’d be the first to tell you that it’s not about the individual awards,” Ball said. “He’s always been an unselfish player that likes to distribute and beat you off the dribble. He has the intangibles to do very well at the college level. He has to continue to get stronger and work on his outside shooting. If he does what he’s supposed to and works hard, I can see him playing at the professional level one day.”
Wright capped off his four-year career with the Eagles with three SMAC championships, three 4A East Region championships and a state title in 2011, which was the first SMAC boys team to win it since 1972.
“Being a leader is hard, and I was thankful that all of my coaches and teammates supported me no matter what,” Wright said.
Wright, who has maintained a 3.08 GPA, concluded his high school career with 1,084 points, 560 assists, 325 rebounds and 290 steals as a four-year varsity player.
“Marquis Wright is a very cerebral point guard who has all the tools to lead a college team,” said Thomas Stone head coach Dale Lamberth 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.”