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TO FOCUS ON PLAYING FOOTBALL AT THE NEXT LEVEL OVERRULED REGENT PREP’S JACK WRIGHT’S CHILDHOOD DREAMS OF PLAYING COLLEGE BASKETBALL, HE’S CONFIDENT IT WAS THE CORRECT CHOICE. by john tranchina photos by marc rains
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Basketball may have initially been Jack Wright’s first love, but throughout his high school career, he also excelled at football and developed into an outstanding wide receiver, to the point where he recently committed to the University of North Dakota.
With his senior year getting underway at Regent Prep in Tulsa, Wright is ready for one last go-round in each of the sports that he thrives in. In football, he helped the Rams go 14-1 and reach the Class B state final last season and was named a Tulsa
World All-World Offensive Player of the Year finalist. In basketball, he lead Regent to a 20-8 record before falling in the Class 2A Area playoffs, being named an AllWorld Honorable Mention. And in soccer, he topped the Rams in scoring with 27 goals, was named to the All-World First Team and helped Regent go 11-2 and reach the Class 4A state quarterfinals, the team’s best finish ever. Wright also ran track (while also playing soccer) in the spring of his freshman year, and then participated on the Rams’ golf
team (again while also playing soccer) in the spring of his sophomore year, as Regent won the Class 2A state title in 2018.
“I like staying busy, it keeps me going,” he says. “I’m not going to quit all my other sports now that I’m committed [to a college]. I’m going to finish out my senior year strong, do whatever I can.” While the decision to focus on playing football at the next level overruled his childhood dreams of playing college basketball, he’s confident it was the correct choice.