Greg Oden

Gregory Wayne Oden Jr. (born January 22, 1988) is an American former professional basketball player. Oden, a 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), 250-pound (110 kg) center,[1] played college basketball at the Ohio State University for one season, during which the team was the Big Ten Champion and the tournament runner-up in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

On June 28, 2007, Greg Oden was selected first overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. He underwent microfracture surgery of the knee in September 2007, and missed the entire 2007–08 NBA season as a result. He recovered and made his NBA debut on opening night 2008. In March 2012, he was waived from the Trail Blazers after a long history of injuries.[2] He signed with the Miami Heat in August 2013, more than three years after last appearing in an NBA game,[3] and played with the team through the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

After playing in the CBA during their 2015–16 season, Oden stated in October 2016 that he was done with basketball and would not be returning as a player.[4][5] In April 2018, Oden declared himself eligible for the BIG3 draft, but was not selected.[6] In July 2018, he played in The Basketball Tournament 2018.[7]

Greg Oden
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Oden with the Heat in January 2014
Personal information
BornJanuary 22, 1988 (age 31)
Buffalo, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High schoolLawrence North
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
CollegeOhio State (2006–2007)
NBA draft2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career2007–2016
PositionCenter
Number52, 20
Career history
20072012Portland Trail Blazers
2013–2014Miami Heat
2015–2016Jiangsu Dragons
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early years

Oden was born in Buffalo, New York, and moved with his family to Terre Haute, Indiana at the age of nine.[8] He attended Sarah Scott Middle School in Terre Haute, where he first played interscholastic basketball. Oden then relocated with his mother and brother and attended Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, Indiana which he led to three consecutive Indiana Class 4A basketball championships before graduating in 2006. He was named Parade's High School Co-Player of the Year 2005 (along with Monta Ellis) and 2005 National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He repeated as Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year in 2006. Oden was named the 2006 Indiana Mr. Basketball. He was also on the McDonald's All-American Team and played in the All-American game, and earned first-team Parade All-American honors for the second straight year.

College career

On June 29, 2005, Oden and Lawrence North teammate Mike Conley, Jr. announced that they would be attending the Ohio State University starting with the 2006–07 season.

Oden had surgery on his right wrist on June 16, 2006, in Indianapolis to repair a ligament injury that occurred late in his senior high school season.[9] As a result, he sat on the Ohio State bench during the beginning of the 2006–07 season, during which the Buckeyes were ranked as high as #1 before losing to North Carolina. He made his college debut on December 2, 2006, against Valparaiso, coming off the bench. He finished the game with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. In December of that year, Steve Kerr described him as a "once-in-a-decade player".[10]

The Big Ten honored Oden as Player of the Week, along with Wisconsin's Alando Tucker, on January 29, 2007. In the previous week, he had averaged 18 points and 11.5 rebounds.[11] On March 6, 2007, Oden was named First Team All-Big Ten as well being voted the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.[12] Oden fouled out for the first time in his college career against Xavier in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and was bothered by foul trouble throughout the tournament. In the Sweet Sixteen, Oden blocked a potential game-winning shot in the final seconds against Tennessee to preserve an 85–84 victory, and went on to lead Ohio State past Memphis and Georgetown to advance to the 2007 National Championship. In the title game, Oden scored 25 points, and had 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in a losing effort against the Florida Gators.

Oden, alongside Kevin Durant, Arron Afflalo, Alando Tucker and Acie Law were named to the Associated Press All-American Team. Oden and Durant were the first freshmen voted to the All-American First Team since 1990, and the third and fourth overall. Throughout his high school and college career, Oden never lost a home game.[13]

Professional career

Portland Trail Blazers (2007–2012)

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Oden at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con

On April 20, 2007, Oden announced that he would be entering the 2007 NBA draft. On June 28, 2007, he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the #1 overall pick. To begin his Trail Blazers career, Oden chose the uniform number 52. On July 1, before his first NBA practice, Oden was signed to a contract which provided for two guaranteed seasons and team options for third and fourth seasons. On September 14, 2007, Oden had microfracture surgery on his ailing right knee. He missed the entire season.[14] Oden's progress was recorded on the Trail Blazers' website and his blog.

Although drafted in 2007, Oden was classified as a rookie for the 2008–09 season because of the knee injury.[15] Entering the 2008–09 season, he was listed at 250 lb (110 kg), but according to Blazers' trainer Jay Jensen he weighed about 290 lb (130 kg) in July.[16][17] Oden left his NBA debut with a foot injury after playing thirteen scoreless minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers.[18] He returned on November 12, 2008, after missing two weeks, and scored his first NBA points in the first quarter against the Miami Heat. On January 19, 2009, Oden had a career-high 24 points while also grabbing 15 rebounds in a 102–85 win against the Milwaukee Bucks.[19] On February 13, 2009, he injured his left knee in a game against the Golden State Warriors, by bumping knees with opponent Corey Maggette, and missed three weeks due to a chipped knee cap.

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Oden dunking in a game while with Portland

On November 23, 2009, Oden matched his career-high for points in a game again with 24. He set a new career-high for rebounds in a game with 20 on December 1. On December 5, 2009, Oden injured his left knee in the first quarter of a game. He was taken off the court on two connected stretchers. Later, he underwent surgery for a fractured left patella and missed the rest of the season. That injury marked the second time Oden had missed major playing time due to injury.[20]

On November 17, 2010, the team announced that Oden would have microfracture surgery on his left knee, ending his 2010–2011 season.[21] The injury marked Oden's third NBA season cut short due to a knee injury.

On December 9, 2011, the Trail Blazers announced that Oden had suffered an unspecified "setback" that left them less optimistic about his ability to play in the 2011–2012 season. Rather than signing an 8.9-million-dollar qualifying offer, Oden and the team negotiated a different offer.[22] On February 3, 2012, Oden underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.[23] On February 20, 2012, Oden was scheduled for a procedure on his left knee similar to the procedure he underwent 17 days earlier. However, during the operation, further damage to the articular cartilage was discovered, and Oden underwent his third micro-fracture surgery.[24]

Missed season (2012–2013)

On March 15, 2012, Oden was waived by the Trail Blazers to create room on the roster for trade acquisitions.[25] In May 2012, Oden announced his intention to sit out the 2012–13 season to focus on rehabbing his injuries.[26] In January 2013, it was reported that several teams were interested in signing Oden for the 2013–14 season.[27][28][29]

Miami Heat (2013–2014)

On August 7, 2013, Oden signed a one-year deal with the Miami Heat.[3][30] He played in his first NBA game since December 5, 2009 in a preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 23, 2013. He managed to score two points through a dunk attempt and grabbed two rebounds in four minutes of play.[31]

On January 15, 2014, Oden made his long-awaited return to the court. In his first regular season game since December 2009, he recorded 6 points and 2 rebounds in 8 minutes of game time in a 114–97 loss to the Washington Wizards.[32] On February 23, 2014, Oden made his first start since December 2009 in the Heat's 93–79 win over the Chicago Bulls. The Heat made the 2014 NBA Finals where they faced the San Antonio Spurs. They went on to lose the series in five games.

Attempted comeback (2015)

In March 2015, Oden was reported to be working out with the Memphis Grizzlies, while he also returned to his alma mater, Ohio State, to undergo some "high-level training" with Thad Matta, then Ohio State basketball team coach. Matta stated that since September 2014, Oden had been working out with the other Ohio State coaches. In June 2015, Oden had workouts with the Charlotte Hornets and the Dallas Mavericks. He told the media that he was attempting an NBA comeback with plans to return to the league for the 2016–17 season.[33]

Jiangsu Dragons (2015–2016)

On August 26, 2015, Oden signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association.[34] On December 9, he recorded a season-high 22 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Shandong.[35] On February 1, 2016, he parted ways with Jiangsu.[36] In 25 games for the club, he averaged 13.0 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.[37]

Scarlet & Gray (2018)

In July 2018, Oden agreed to play as a reserve with the Scarlet & Gray, a team of Ohio State alumni who competed in The Basketball Tournament 2018, a $2 million winner-take-all summer tournament.[38] Oden made his debut for Scarlet & Gray on July 27,[39] scoring 11 points in 16 minutes of playing time.[40] Scarlet & Gray fell to Team Fredette on July 29, with Oden playing nine minutes while recording two points, an assist, and a block.[41]

Personal life

On August 11, 2014, Oden was charged with battery for punching his ex-girlfriend in the face on August 7 in Lawrence, Indiana.[42][43] He pleaded guilty in 2015 to battery with moderate bodily injury, and the other three charges were dropped.[44] He was put on probation and ordered to pay a fine and attend counseling.

On April 12, 2016, Oden was hired by the Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team to be the student manager for the team while he went back to finish his degree at the college.[45] In September 2016, Oden and fiancé Sabrina Williams welcomed their first child together, Londyn Oden. The couple later married on September 3, 2017, in Maui, Hawaii. Oden was reported to have earned his degree in Spring 2019.[46]

Career statistics

NBA

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Portland 61 39 21.5 .564 .637 7.0 .5 .4 1.1 8.9
2009–10 Portland 21 21 23.9 .605 .766 8.5 .9 .4 2.3 11.1
2013–14 Miami 23 6 9.2 .551 .565 2.3 .0 .3 .6 2.9
Career 105 66 19.3 .574 .658 6.2 .5 .4 1.2 8.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009 Portland 6 0 16.0 .524 .667 4.3 .0 .3 .8 5.0
2014 Miami 3 0 2.3 .000 .3 .3 .3 .0 .0
Career 9 0 11.4 .524 .667 3.0 .1 .3 .6 3.3

CBA

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Jiangsu 25 2 26.8 .538 .526 12.6 .5 .6 2.0 13.0
Career 25 2 26.8 .538 .526 12.6 .5 .6 2.0 13.0

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Ohio State 32 31 28.9 .616 .628 9.6 .7 .6 3.3 15.7
Career 32 31 28.9 .616 .628 9.6 .7 .6 3.3 15.7

See also

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External links

2006 boys high school basketball All-Americans

An All-American team is an honorary sports team that is generally composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". The term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.Both the McDonald's All-American team selection and the Jordan Brand All-American team selection have associated high school basketball all-star games held in conjunction with them, in which the players are divided into two teams to compete in an exhibition game. The Jordan Brand held its first contest in 2002. McDonald's All-Americans have competed in such contests since 1977, and a girls' game was added in 2002. Both the Parade and USA Today lists included underclassmen, but fifth-year seniors were ineligible for the Parade team. Those lists also both designated ordinal teams as first team, second team, etc., while the McDonald's and Jordan Brand teams were selected without distinction among selectees. In basketball, some All-American teams are composed by position, while others were not.In 2006, 47 boys' high-school basketball players were selected to major honorary All-American teams. For the 2006 selections, McDonald's selected 24 players to its All-American team; the Jordan Brand included 21 players, and the USA Today All-USA prep basketball team had 15. The list also includes the 40 Parade All-Americans, the largest of the four teams. The 2006 class of McDonald's All-Americans is regarded as the best class of the decade, with approximately 22 of the 24 expected to make it to the National Basketball Association by the time they have exhausted their collegiate eligibility, which in most cases is four years of competition in five years of enrollment.Sherron Collins, Kevin Durant, Wayne Ellington, Spencer Hawes, Tywon Lawson, Greg Oden, Brandan Wright and Thaddeus Young were named to all four lists. Among this group, Durant, Hawes, Lawson and Oden were selected to the first team of both organizations that enumerated their selections. Collins was the only one of these to go undrafted. Oden and Derrick Rose were both NBA Draft overall number-one selections, in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Gerald Henderson, Jr. was the highest selection in the 2009 NBA Draft (12th overall). Damion James and Stanley Robinson were the only selections from this group in the 2010 NBA Draft. Kyle Singler and Vernon Macklin were the final draftees from this group in the 2011 NBA Draft.

2006–07 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season

The 2006–07 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season began with the 2006–07 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. The season marked the 102nd season of Big Ten play. Ohio State won the Big Ten Conference regular season championship by two games over Wisconsin. Wisconsin's Alando Tucker was named Big Ten Player of the Year.

Ohio State also won the Big Ten Tournament by defeating Wisconsin. As a result of the win, Ohio State received the conference's automatic bid to the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Six Big Ten teams (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, and Wisconsin) were invited to the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State advanced to the National Championship game before losing to Florida.

Michigan received a bid to the National Invitation Tournament and lost in the second round.

2007 NBA draft

The 2007 NBA draft was held on June 28, 2007 at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. It was broadcast on television in 115 countries. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players.

Freshman Greg Oden from Ohio State University was drafted first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers, who won the draft lottery. However, he missed the 2007–08 season due to microfracture surgery on his right knee during the pre-season. Another freshman, Kevin Durant, was drafted second overall from the University of Texas by the Seattle SuperSonics, and went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award for the 2007–08 season. Oden and Durant became the first freshmen to be selected with the top two picks in the draft. Al Horford, the son of former NBA player Tito Horford, was drafted third by the Atlanta Hawks. Of the three top picks, Durant has been a League MVP, a finals MVP and perennial All-Star whilst Horford has enjoyed a solid All-Star career. Oden, however, was beset by numerous microfracture surgeries on both knees that limited him to only 82 games from 2008 to 2010.

On the night after the draft, the Seattle Supersonics traded seven-time All-Star Ray Allen along with the draft rights of the 35th pick Glen Davis to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak, and the draft rights to the 5th pick, Jeff Green. The Portland Trail Blazers and the New York Knicks were also involved in a multi-player trade that sent Zach Randolph to the Knicks and Steve Francis to the Blazers. Apart from those two trades, nine further draft-day trades were announced.The 2007 draft marked the first time three players drafted in the top 10 came from the same school: the University of Florida. Florida, the 2007 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Basketball champion, tied the record set by the University of Connecticut in 2006 with five players selected in the first two rounds of an NBA draft. Florida joined nine other schools, including Connecticut, that had five players selected in an NBA draft, second only to UNLV, which had six players selected in the eighth-round 1977 draft. Five players who competed in the 2007 NCAA Basketball National Championship Final were selected in the top 10; three players came from Florida, and two players came from the runner-up, Ohio State University. This draft also set the record number of freshmen drafted in the first round when eight freshmen were selected. Of the 60 players drafted, eight were freshmen, five were sophomores, 14 were juniors, 20 were seniors, and 13 were international players without U.S. college basketball experience. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors all did not have a draft pick this year, although Indiana and Toronto each acquired a drafted player's rights after the draft.

2007 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The Consensus 2007 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The Sporting News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

2007–08 NBA season

The 2007–08 NBA season was the 62nd season of the National Basketball Association. The Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 131–92 to win the 2008 NBA Finals, four games to two. The 2007 NBA draft was held on June 28, 2007 and Greg Oden was selected first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers. However, he missed the entire season due to knee surgery.This season was notable for being one of the most competitive Western Conference playoff races in NBA history. Up until April 4, 2008, not a single Western Conference team had secured a playoff spot, and the 8th-seeded team was a mere 6.5 games behind the 1st seed. Additionally, the quality of the teams ensured that the Golden State Warriors finished with the highest winning percentage of any non-playoff team in NBA history since the switch to the eight-team playoff format, beating out the 2000–01 Houston Rockets. The all-time record is held by the 1971–72 Phoenix Suns (49–33), which was during the four-team playoff era.

2008–09 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 2008–09 Portland Trail Blazers season is the 39th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the playoffs, the Trail Blazers lost to the Houston Rockets in six games in the First Round.

2009–10 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 2009–10 Portland Trail Blazers season was the 40th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the playoffs, the Trail Blazers lost to the Phoenix Suns in six games in the First Round.

2011–12 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 2011–12 Portland Trail Blazers season was the 42nd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Due to the 2011 NBA lockout the regular season was shortened to 66 games. The Trail Blazers finished the season in 11th place in the Western Conference with a 28–38 record. It was the last season with head coach Nate McMillan, who was fired on March and with starting shooting guard Brandon Roy, who announced his retirement. The Trail Blazers also parted ways with their number one pick from the 2007 NBA draft Greg Oden after an injury-marred short career with the team.

Brianna Turner

Brianna Turner is an American women's professional basketball forward with the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She played college women's basketball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. She is a native of Pearland, Texas.She competed for the United States women's national basketball team at the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship and the 2014 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship.

College Hoops 2K8

College Hoops 2K8 is a video game by Visual Concepts and 2K Sports. It was released on November 19, 2007 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3.

The cover features Greg Oden, formerly of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Almost every school competing in Division I NCAA college basketball at the time was included in 2K8, including recent additions South Carolina-Upstate, Cal State-Bakersfield and Florida Gulf Coast. Not included were Presbyterian College and North Carolina Central, D-1 independents. Also, Centenary College of the Summit League was unlicensed and instead named UL-Calcutta. The game also featured the ability to change and modify rosters and share them online via the newly introduced 2K Share feature. The real coaches feature was dropped from this game, possibly because the coaches chose not to renew their contracts and all of the coaches are unnamed.

The announcers/commentators featured in the game were Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery. The College Hoops series was put on hiatus in 2008 as 2K Sports declined to seek the college license for a 2K9 release. EA Sports got the contract before 2K did, so EA will continue to make college basketball games. EA discontinued their college basketball game series in 2010. It is currently unknown if 2K Sports will continue to make their College Hoops 2K series.

Erin Boley

Erin Boley is an American women's basketball player with the Oregon Ducks women's basketball team at the University of Oregon. In 2016, while a student-athlete at Elizabethtown High School, she was named the Gatorade High School Basketball Player of the Year.

Kyrylo Fesenko

Kyrylo Fesenko (Ukrainian: Кирило Фесенко; born December 24, 1986) is a Ukrainian professional basketball player. Standing at 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in), he plays the center position. He wears a size 18 shoe and has a 7'4" wingspan and 9'4" standing reach (same standing reach as Greg Oden).

Lawrence North High School

Lawrence North High School is a public high school in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The school was founded in 1976 and graduated its first class in 1978. Lawrence North is one of two high schools in the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, the other one being Lawrence Central High School.

Lisa Harrison

Lisa Harrison (born January 2, 1971) is a former American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Mercedes Russell

Mercedes Brianna Russell (born July 27, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted 22nd overall by the New York Liberty in the 2018 WNBA draft. Russell played center for the Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team in college. In high school, she was named 2013 Gatorade Girls' Basketball Player of the Year.

Mike Conley Jr.

Michael Alex Conley Jr. (born October 11, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been a member of the Grizzlies since the team drafted him with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. Conley is the son of Mike Conley Sr., an Olympic gold and silver medalist in the triple jump. He is the Grizzlies' all-time leading scorer.

NABC Defensive Player of the Year

The NABC Defensive Player of the Year is an award given annually by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to recognize the top defensive player in United States college basketball. The award has been given since 1987 and was previously known as the Henry Iba Corinthian Award, named after Hall of Fame coach Henry Iba, who coached at Oklahoma State University from 1934–1970.

Duke University has dominated the award with six recipients who have won a total of nine awards. The only other schools with more than one recipient are Connecticut, with two recipients who combined for four awards, and Ohio State, Kentucky, and Virginia with two recipients who each won the award once. Three players have been named the NABC Defensive Player of the Year on three occasions—Stacey Augmon of UNLV (1989–91), Tim Duncan of Wake Forest (1995–97), and Shane Battier of Duke (1999–2001). Greg Oden (2007) and Anthony Davis (2012) are the only freshmen to have won the award.

Two winners of this award were born outside the main territory of the United States. Duncan was born in the United States Virgin Islands, an insular area of the U.S.; by U.S. law, all natives of the USVI are U.S. citizens by birth. Hasheem Thabeet, the 2008 and 2009 winner, is a native of Tanzania.

Nikki Teasley

Nikki Teasley (born March 22, 1979) is a former basketball player in the WNBA.Born in Washington, D.C., she played college basketball at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In the 2002 WNBA Draft, Teasley was selected as the #5 overall pick by the Portland Fire. But shortly afterwards, she was traded with Sophia Witherspoon to the Los Angeles Sparks for Ukari Figgs and second-round pick Gergana Slavtcheva.Teasley helped the Sparks win their second consecutive title by hitting a series-winning three-pointer in the final seconds.

On March 24, 2008, Teasley was waived by the Washington Mystics.

The Atlanta Dream signed Teasley in 2008 and she suited up for the 2009 season. Teasley was then waived for Ivory Latta.

Shereka Wright

Shereka Monique Wright (born September 21, 1981) is an American women's basketball player and coach. Wright retired from competitive basketball in 2006 and has worked as an assistant coach since, at Texas Tech, Alabama, and, currently, Vanderbilt.

Wright was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock. She appeared in 49 games over two seasons for the Phoenix Mercury and averaged 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds over 12 minutes per game. She retired after missing the 2006 season with a torn achilles tendon.

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