When North Carroll basketball coach Troy Warehime discussed his team prior to the start of the season, Bruce Wright's name didn't come up once. Now it regularly appears in the Panthers' box scores, often followed by double digits.
Wright, a transfer from St. Paul's, joined North Carroll two days before the Panthers opened their season against Glenelg. It didn't take long for the sophomore to make an impact.
Wright's point production (15-plus points a game) has increased in each of the Panthers' first six games, and Warehime is most impressed by how well he's fit into their motion offense.
"Sometimes when you get a transfer student in, it's not a smooth transition," Warehime said.
"He's adjusted well and the other players have adjusted to him as well. He's just a good all-around player who can do a lot of different things for us."
After seeing limited action in the opener against Glenelg, the 6-foot Wright was inserted into the starting lineup in the second game against Francis Scott Key and he's been there ever since.
He had 16 points in a win against Hereford -- including all seven of the Panthers' points in overtime -- and followed that with 17 in a win against North Harford and 23 and 27 in back-to-back games against Catoctin this past week.
Wright said he would like to play basketball in college and thought he had a better opportunity to improve his game at North Carroll.
After starting on St. Paul's junior varsity as a freshman, he said there have been some definite adjustments playing varsity with the Panthers.
"I really didn't know what it would be like or what to expect," he said.
"The toughest adjustment I've made is playing forward. At St. Paul's, I was more of a shooting guard. Here I'm mostly playing small forward and even some at power forward. I have my back to the basket more now where before I would be facing the basket."
The Panthers (2-4) already have Steve Long and Kris Heefner to put the ball in the basket. Add Wright to the mix and it gives opponents one more thing to worry about.
"Having three good scorers makes us that much harder to defend against. He gives us an added dimension," Warehime said.
"With our motion offense, we don't look for any one player. We can play him underneath some and he can also face the basket. Sometimes we can create mismatches by posting him up."
Scoring is just one aspect of Wright's game. Warehime said Wright also rebounds well and is a good passer. Wright also is often asked to defend the opposition's top scorer. His ability to find open teammates impresses Warehime as much as his scoring punch.
"He just sees the court very well," Warehime said. "He's already hit a couple of our guys in the chest with passes they weren't expecting. We haven't had a guy who can do those things for a good while."
It all adds up for a lot of fun for Wright.
"I'm having a great time. I just love playing basketball and play as hard as I can," he said.
DTC "We have a good nucleus this year as well as the coming years. I think we can be very competitive in the county. Everyone looks at Westminster and South Carroll, I think we can catch them off guard and surprise some people."