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Saturday, December 31, 2011


Erikk Wright is as straight-ahead as they come.

An unassuming, quiet, mild-mannered kid, Wright has a mean streak only when a basketball is in his hands. The 6-3 senior forward for Chester doesn't ever speak out of turn, but when asked Saturday about the Clippers' next opponent - New York City's Christ the King, 7:45 p.m. Sunday, at Widener - Wright opened up.

Wright (pictured, left) said playing Christ the King, which opened the season ranked nationally, is "a big one for us" and it could be their "biggest one yet." That says a lot of the Royals (4-2), who represent only a blip on a Chester scheduling radar that has identified national talents up and down the East Coast.

"We play every game like it's the same, really," Wright said Saturday, by telephone. "I mean, it's a big one for us. But we have to come out with our head straight."

Will that be difficult to do?

"No," Wright said succinctly.

And why not?

"We've played some of their kids before," Wright said. "Maybe not in high school, but in AAU. High school is a little different, but they're still the same kids trying to beat Chester. Everybody wants to beat Chester. Everybody wants to beat the championship team, so we play every game like it's our last game."

Wright, one of two Clippers (7-0) averaging double figures (the other is Rondae Jefferson), said he's getting recruiting interest from Division I programs Robert Morris and Coppin State, as well as Division III teams Widener and Neumann. But no offers just yet, he said.

"Even the Division IIs that have seen me said I'm a Division I (recruit)," said Wright, a third-team all-state selection in 2011 who has the scores to qualify academically next season. "It's a lot of things up in the air, but I'm not worrying about that right."

First things first, of course. Like that Christ the King game.

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