An intriguing candidate to fill the open scholarship wielded by Colorado men's basketball coach Tad Boyle is scheduled to visit campus on Thursday.

McKinley Wright, a point guard out of Champlin Park, Minn., has the potential to help immediately in filling a glaring void for the Buffaloes. While the Buffs boast a guard-rich roster, the graduation of Derrick White leaves CU without a true point guard beyond senior-to-be Dom Collier, who struggled in that role two seasons ago.

The 6-foot Wright is rated as a three-star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, with Scout listing him as the No. 35 point guard recruit in the nation. Wright won Minnesota's Mr. Basketball honor after leading Champlin Park to its second Class 4A state runner-up finish in three seasons while averaging 23.1 points, eight rebounds, and 7.3 assists.

Wright originally signed with Dayton last fall but was released from that obligation when coach Archie Miller, the brother of Arizona leader Sean Miller, left the Flyers to take over the Indiana Hoosiers.

Dayton reportedly remains in the mix for Wright, along with a list of schools that also includes Butler and Minnesota.

Last November, Boyle signed the highest-rated recruiting class of his seven-season tenure by inking Tyler Bey, Evan Battey, and Sand Creek star D'Shawn Schwartz. Last week, the Buffs added 6-foot-6 Serbian guard Lazar Nikolic to that class with one of the scholarships that became available with the postseason decisions of guard Thomas Akyazili and Bryce Peters to leave the CU program.


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