|No. 22 – Minnesota Lynx|
July 15, 1988 |
San Antonio, Texas
|Listed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Listed weight||178 lb (81 kg)|
|High school||Forest Park (Woodbridge, Virginia)|
|WNBA draft||2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Lynx|
|Career highlights and awards|
|2x WNBA Champion (2011, 2013)|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
Monica Ashante Wright (born July 15, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA and Bucheon KEB-Hanabank of the WKBL. She was selected second overall by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2010 WNBA Entry Draft.
Wright was born to Garry and Lynette Wright in San Antonio, Texas. She has an older brother named Gerard. Her family later moved to Woodbridge, Virginia. She attended Forest Park High School. At Forest Park, she averaged 22.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 4.0 steals per game. She was also the Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year and was ranked No. 2 guard and No. 11 player overall in the nation.
Wright attended the University of Virginia. In her freshman year as a Cavalier she was named the ACC Rookie of the Year. In the 2007-08 season she was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team and also notched her 1000th point. She missed being named to the All-ACC first team by two points that season. As a junior, Wright was named to the All-ACC defensive team and was also rewarded with a spot on the All-ACC first team as the league's top scorer. As a senior Wright was named ACC Player of the Year, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and National Defensive Player of the Year.
Wright was selected as a member of the USA Women's U19 team which won the gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia. The event was held in July and August 2007, when the USA team defeated Sweden to win the championship. Wright averaged 9.8 points per game and led the team in steals with 21.
In 2011 and 2012, Wright played off the bench, backing up at both guard and forward. She expanded her role in 2013, becoming the primary backup at shooting guard and point guard, averaging 9.0 points per game.
Awards and honors
- 2010—WBCA NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year
In July 2013, Wright became engaged to Oklahoma City Thunder NBA All-Star Kevin Durant. The two had met during their senior year of high school, when both were All-American basketball players. They broke up a year after their engagement. She says Kevin Durant was cheating behind her back. Wright is a Christian.
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- Lynx’s winter jobs
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- Monica Wright profile at WNBA.com
- Monica Wright Virginia Cavaliers Profile
- Monica Wright: Love and Basketball Part Two?