Michael Wright (basketball)

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Michael Wright
Free agent
Position Power forward
Personal information
Born (1980-01-07) January 7, 1980 (age 35)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American / Turkish
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school Farragut Academy
(Chicago, Illinois)
College Arizona (1998–2001)
NBA draft 2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 2001–present
Career history
2001–2002 Śląsk Wrocław
2002–2003 Granada
2003–2004 Hapoel Tel Aviv
2004–2005 ALBA Berlin
2005–2006 Beşiktaş Cola Turka
2006 Jeonju KCC Egis
2006–2007 Pau Orthez
2007–2009 Turk Telekom
2009–2010 Turów Zgorzelec
2010–2011 Medical Park Trabzonspor
2011–2012 Turk Telekom
2012–2014 Mersin BB
2015 Cholet Basket
Career highlights and awards

Michael Wright (born January 7, 1980) is an American-Turkish professional basketball player who last played for Cholet Basket of the LNB Pro A. He also holds a Turkish citizenship. His Turkish name is Ali Karadeniz.[1][2]

Wright played his high school basketball at Farragut Academy, where, as a freshman, he was part of one of the best teams in the country, which boasted future professionals Willie Farley and Ronnie Fields, as well as Boston Celtics superstar Kevin Garnett. At 2.01 m (6 ft 7 ¼ in), Wright played center after Garnett's departure, and moved to power forward in college.

At the University of Arizona, Wright started for the Wildcats in the 2001 NCAA Division I championship against the Duke Blue Devils. However, undersized for that position at the pro level[citation needed], and too slow to be a small forward,[citation needed]he dropped to the second round of the 2001 NBA Draft where he was drafted by the New York Knicks.

After not joining the Knicks or any other NBA team post-draft, Wright moved overseas and switched teams almost every season. He started with Polish league champions Śląsk Wrocław, that also participated in the Euroleague, moving to Spain's CB Granada the following year.

After the team was relegated to the LEB (Spain's second division), Wright moved to Israel and signed with Hapoel Tel Aviv, and a year later with ALBA Berlin.

In 2005, He moved to Beşiktaş Cola Turka of the Turkish Basketball League. He started the 2006-07 season in South Korea with Jeonju KCC Egis, in October signed with French and Euroleague's EB Pau Orthez.

In May of 2007, he moved back to Turkey and signed for Türk Telekom B.K.. In September 2009 he has signed a contract with Turów Zgorzelec from Poland for 2009-10 season.[3]

In July of 2011, he returned to Türk Telekom B.K. for one season with an option for a second one.[4]

In the summer of 2012, he signed a contract with Mersin BB.[5]

On February 3, 2015, he signed with Cholet Basket of the French LNB Pro A.[6] After averaging 1.7 points and 2 rebounds in 3 contests, Wright and Cholet parted ways.[7]


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