Michael Wright (basketball)
Wright (left) with the 2010 PLK All-Star game MVP award
January 7, 1980|
|Died||November 10, 2015
Brooklyn, New York
|Nationality||American / Turkish|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||238 lb (108 kg)|
|High school||Farragut Academy
|NBA draft||2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|2003–2004||Hapoel Tel Aviv|
|2005–2006||Beşiktaş Cola Turka|
|2006||Jeonju KCC Egis|
|2010–2011||Medical Park Trabzonspor|
|Career highlights and awards|
Michael Wright (January 7, 1980 – November 10, 2015) was an American–Turkish professional basketball player who last played for Cholet Basket of the LNB Pro A. He also held Turkish citizenship. His Turkish name was Ali Karadeniz.
High school career
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 Minnesota Timberwolves 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, and too slow to be a small forward,he dropped to the second round of the 2001 NBA Draft where he was drafted by the New York Knicks.
Wright was drafted as the 39th pick in the 2001 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. After not joining the Knicks or any other NBA team, 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.
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.
On November 10, 2015, Wright was found dead in his sport utility vehicle in Brooklyn, New York, covered in trash bags in the vehicle's back seat. The medical examiner determined that his death was a homicide. Two men were charged in his death.
According to a family member interviewed after his death, Wright intended to return to Europe to play another two seasons before retirement.
Two men were charged November 1, 2016 in the death of a former New York Knicks draft choice whose body was found in his car on a Brooklyn street last November, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced Wednesday.
Mark A. Holdbrooks, 59, and alleged accomplice David Victor, 35, have been charged with murder and other offenses after a yearlong investigation into the killing of 35-year-old former University of Arizona basketball star Michael Wright, authorities said.
Holdbrooks, Wright’s longtime roommate, allegedly reported him missing on November 8, 2015, Grewal said. Wright’s body was found two days later in Brooklyn, covered by a large garbage bag inside his own car. Grewal did not specify a motive or mention how Wright was killed but said he had suffered “head trauma.”
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- Michael Wright leaves Cholet
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