PROSPER —Senior Zach Wrightsil has become a household name at Prosper High School. His presence on the court is unparalleled; he is an all-around basketball player who fills the room and commands the attention of all watching while he plays.
Jacqueline Wrightsil, Zach’s mother, said this isn’t uncommon.
“Zach started in the third grade. He was pretty good from the very beginning in elementary school,” she said. “[He has a] love and dedication to the sport. I love watching himself push himself to the next level!”
Zach was always an athlete growing up, but his mother said basketball just stuck.
“Zach started playing sports when he was 3 years old. He’s always been very athletic participating in soccer, football, baseball and basketball. He’s been all about basketball since the 8th grade,” she said.
After four years with the Prosper basketball team — his last two on the varsity — he has created a name for himself that will forever ring through the halls of Prosper High School.
“Zach’s progression on and off the court over the past four years was remarkable,” PHS basketball coach Jonathan Ellis said. “He was always a solid player, but he just kept getting better and better as the days went on. A humble individual, who is a coaches’ dream with a heart and desire matched by no one.”
His play on the court garnered him prestigious awards such as District 14-5A Offensive Player of the Year, all-state honors and first-team all-district. Additionally, he was named to the Region 2 team, which was the most competitive region in the state in the 2017-2018 season.
“My expectations at the beginning of the season were to top my junior year and just play the best of my ability,” Zach said about his senior season. “At the end, I felt like I exceeded those expectations.”
Exceeded is an understatement, as he can now add one more title to his name before he heads to college: High School All-Star. Zach was formally invited to the 2018 TABC All-Star basketball game on May 17-18, and will be the first basketball player from Prosper to attend the event, something that many individuals often dream about.
“It means a lot to me because it shows the hard work I put in this season was noticed, and it ended up giving me the opportunity to play in a competitive high school all-star game with other amazing talent,” Zach said.
The event features the best basketball players from across the state, including both boys and girls. It’s a chance to close out his high school career on a high note, especially given the early departure from the playoffs this past season.
“We appreciate the recognition for his talent,” his mother said. “It’s nice to have the opportunity to see him play again before his college debut.”
The All-Star game will take place on May 17-18 at Trinity University in Sugarland. There will be several events leading up to the game, including a banquet to honor the players and their families for such an accomplishment. Zach’s game will take place at 2:30 p.m.
“Both Coach Lewis and I will be there [supporting him],” Coach Ellis said. “We’re looking forward to watching Zach represent PHS and our whole community on the biggest stage one last time.”
Following graduation, Zach will be attending Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he will begin his college career. But, before he leaves, he has one final message to those he leaves behind at Prosper High.
“My message is that hard work really does pay off in the end,” Zach said. “Keep your grades up, and don’t ever give up just because you’re not getting something or it seems to hard.”