Former Owl Wright extends professional career

Former Owl Wright extends professional career

By Michelle Berthiaume Keene Sentinel Staff

Rashad Wright got the call he was waiting for Monday night.

Wright, a former Keene State men's basketball standout who had just returned from a professional stint in Chile with Sportiva Italiana a month earlier, found out he would be headed back to South America. This time, it will be as a membe of Weber Bahia Estidiantes of the Liga Nacional de Basquet, the top division of the Argentine league system.

Manu Ginobili of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs played for Estudiantes prior to moving to the Italian League in 1998.

"I'm definitely excited, I can't wait," Wright said. "I've been home for a month just waiting on a deal, so to get one is a big relief."

Wright signed a contract to play with the squad through April, replacing George Blakeney.

At Sportiva Italiana, Wright averaged 17.6 points, 11.9 rebounds and 36 minutes of work a night.

He said he expects similar playing time with the new club based in Buenos Aires.

"I expect to play a decent amount since I'm one of the import players. That's usually the case," Wright said.

He boarded an airplane bound for Argentina on New Year's Day and will join the team today for the second half of its schedule. Wright will be available to play on Jan. 8 against Gimnasia Índalo.

Wright's Twitter account was flooded with congratulations on the new gig.

Keene State Assistant Coach Alphonse Michalski tweeted, "Keepin' workin Shad! Congrats, continuing to make Keene St basketball proud! #KSCBasketballFamily #Owls."

The 6-foot-10 center from Agawam, Mass., averaged 10.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season as a senior at KSC. He was named to the All-LEC second team and defensive teams as well, finishing third in the LEC in blocked shots, with 49.

Wright's 156 career blocks are second on KSC's all-time list. Marcus Debro (1979-83) tops the list with 178.