XU can't reel in Wright

Wednesday, November 11, 1998

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Ricky Wright, a high school basketball recruit from East Chicago, Ind., who visited Xavier last month, has decided to attend Villanova, his high school coach Robert Miles said.

John Oden, a 6-8 forward from Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, will not make a decision until probably next Monday, said Preston Thomas, Oden's former coach at Cardinal Ritter High School in St. Louis.

Thomas said Oden did not take an unofficial visit to Arizona State and will decide among Xavier, DePaul and Massachusetts. Oden visited XU on Halloween weekend. Recruiting sources believe Oden will choose DePaul.

The fall signing period begins today. Lionel Chalmers from Albany, N.Y., and David Young from New Castle, Pa., have orally committed to XU.

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