Luther Wright

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Luther Wright
Personal information
Born (1971-09-22) September 22, 1971 (age 48)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Listed height7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High schoolElizabeth (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
CollegeSeton Hall (1990–1993)
NBA draft1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career1993–1994
Career history
1993–1994Utah Jazz
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Luther A. Wright Jr. (born September 22, 1971) is a retired American professional basketball player, in the center position.

Basketball career[edit]

A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Wright played high school ball for one season under coach Bob Hurley at powerhouse at St. Anthony High School before failing out and enrolling at Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey.[1] He played in college for Seton Hall University

Wright was selected by the Utah Jazz in the 1st round (18th overall) of the 1993 NBA Draft. In his National Basketball Association career, however, he played one year, averaging 1.3 points in 15 games during the 1993–94 season.

Personal problems[edit]

In January 1994, police found Wright at a highway rest area west of Salt Lake City, banging garbage cans and smashing in car windows.[2]

After the season with the Jazz finished, he entered a mental institution. Still during his NBA stint, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and left the team. In 1996, he was released from Essex County Hospital Center, a psychiatric hospital, after a 30-day admission. Under the terms of his contract with the Jazz, Wright was to be paid US$153,000 per year for 25 full years.[3]


  1. ^ Futterman, Matthew for The Star-Ledger. "At rock bottom, Luther Wright finds salvation; Ex-Jazzman finds new life after years of excess", Deseret News, June 5, 2007. Accessed August 28, 2017. "His height and success brought him to St. Anthony High School, the basketball powerhouse in Jersey City coached by Bob Hurley. He lasted a year before flunking out.... Using a cousin's address, Wright's family enrolled him at Elizabeth High School, another powerhouse, where he led his team to victory in the state's Tournament of Champions."
  2. ^ At rock bottom, Luther Wright finds salvation
  3. ^ via Associated Press. "SPORTS PEOPLE: BASKETBALL; Wright Leaves Psychiatric Hospital", The New York Times, April 4, 1996. Accessed August 28, 2017.

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