Keith Wright (basketball)

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Keith Wright
No. 44 – Kolossos Rodou
Position Forward
League Greek Basket League
Personal information
Born (1989-07-22) July 22, 1989 (age 28)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Norfolk Collegiate (Norfolk, Virginia)
College Harvard (2008–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Undrafted
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–2013 Uppsala
2013–2014 Energa Czarni
2014 Uppsala
2014–2016 Austin Spurs
2016–2017 Westchester Knicks
2017 Mahindra Floodbuster
2017–present Kolossos Rodou
Career highlights and awards

Keith Andre Wright (born July 22, 1989) is an American professional basketball player Kolossos Rodou of the Greek Basket League. He played college basketball for Harvard.

High school career[edit]

Wright attended Princess Anne High School and Norfolk Collegiate School, where he graduated from. As a senior, he averaged 20.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. In high school, Wright was a two-time All-State selection.

College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

In Wright's freshman season, he appeared in 24 games, including 17 starts. He averaged 8.0 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game. He was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice.

Sophomore season[edit]

Wright appeared in 24 games, starting in 18. During his sophomore season, Wright averaged 8.9 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game. During this season, Harvard made the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Harvard lost in the first round of the tournament to Appalachian State.[1]

Junior season[edit]

In his junior season at Harvard, Wright played well enough to be named the 2011 Ivy League Men's Basketball Player of the Year, after leading the Crimson in scoring at 14.8 points per game and rebounding at 8.3 rebounds per game.[2] Wright was also a unanimous selection to the Men's Basketball All-Ivy First Team.[3] In Wright's junior season, Harvard made the National Invitation Tournament for the first time in school history, but lost in the first round to Oklahoma State.[4] In the game, Wright recorded ten points and four rebounds.[5]

Senior season[edit]

Prior to his senior season, Wright was named to the Wooden Award preseason top 50 watch list. He was also named the preseason Ivy League Player of the Year by Rivals.com, Athlon Sports, and Sporting News. [6] Wright was a co-captain with Oliver McNally. In Wright's senior season, he averaged 10.6 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game.[7] He also became the Crimson's all-time leading shot blocker. This was good enough for Wright to be named to the Men's Basketball All-Ivy League second team.[8] In the 2011-12 season, Harvard made the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament for the first time since 1946. Harvard lost to the Vanderbilt Commodores in the round of 64, with Wright recording eight points and nine rebounds.[9] After the season ended, Wright was chosen to play in the Reese's All-Star Game. Wright recorded seven points and six rebounds in the game. [10] Wright also participated in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.[11]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft, Wright joined the Dallas Mavericks for the 2012 NBA Summer League.[12] In October 2012, he signed with Uppsala Basket of Sweden for the 2012–13 season.[13] He went on to be named the 2013 Center of the Year.

On July 16, 2013, Wright signed a one-year deal with Czarni Słupsk of the Polish Basketball League.[14] In January 2014, he left Czarni and re-signed with Uppsala for the rest of the 2013–14 season.[15]

On November 1, 2014, Wright was selected by the Austin Spurs in the third round of the 2014 NBA Development League Draft.[16] In 46 regular season games for Austin in 2014–15, Wright averaged 5.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.[17] On October 30, 2015, Wright was reacquired by the Spurs.[18] On February 23, 2016, he was traded to the Westchester Knicks in exchange for former Harvard teammate Wesley Saunders.[19] On February 25, he made his debut for Westchester in a 98–86 win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, recording four points, three rebounds and one block in 12 minutes.[20]

On April 3, 2017, Wright signed with the Mahindra Floodbuster of the Philippine Basketball Association.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament". 
  2. ^ "Keith Wright: Harvard Athletics". 
  3. ^ "Men's Basketball All-Ivy". Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Oklahoma State beats Harvard in NIT opener". usatoday.com. 15 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Harvard Crimson vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys- Boxscore". espn.go.com. 
  6. ^ "Keith Wright". 
  7. ^ "Keith Wright stats". 
  8. ^ "Men's Basketball All-Ivy". Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Harvard Crimson vs. Vanderbilt Commodores- NCAA Tournament Game-Recap". 
  10. ^ Herman, Scott. "Wright Competes in Reese's All-Star Game". 
  11. ^ Bender, Keith. "Keith Wright To Play in Portsmouth Invitational". 
  12. ^ "Wright Signs Summer League Contract with Dallas Mavericks". gocrimson.com. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Wright Agrees to Contract with Uppsala Basket". gocrimson.com. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  14. ^ Energa Czarni Slupsk lands former Harvard Keith Wright
  15. ^ Keith Wright comes back to Uppsala
  16. ^ The Austin Spurs Select Forward Erik Murphy With The 3rd Pick In The 2014-15 NBA D League Draft Archived 2014-11-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Keith Wright D-League Stats
  18. ^ "AUSTIN SPURS ANNOUNCE 2015 RETURNING PLAYERS AND TRAINING CAMP INVITEES". NBA.com. October 30, 2015. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Westchester Knicks Acquire Ra'shad James and Keith Wright". OurSportsCentral.com. February 23, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Bachynski, Trice Lead Knicks To Win Over Mad Ants". NBA.com. February 25, 2016. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Mahindra drops White, brings in ex-Ivy League star Keith Wright". foxsportsasia.com. April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2017. 

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