Wright’s ready to take on stateside challenge

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COUNTY Upper basketball academy player Jamari Wright will be heading out to America after being offered a scholarship by the University of St Thomas in Minnesota.

Wright, from Cambridge, joined up with County Upper two years ago, and will now have the opportunity to continue his educational and basketball career in the States after becoming the second player from the academy to receive a letter of intent from an American university this year.

The youngster will be playing under the guidance of experienced coach Steve Fritz, who will be entering his 31st season in charge as head coach, and has claimed the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award no fewer than 14 times.

Wright will have his work cut out trying to force his way into the University’s team as they have just been crowned National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division three National Champions, equalling the all-time winning margin in the league’s history. However despite this, their newest recruit spoke of his ambition to rise to the challenge.

“Before coming to County Upper I didn’t think I would have the chance at playing basketball at an American university,” he said.

“I had seen the changes in other players’ games after their experience at County Upper and I knew after I saw that, it was where I needed to go to get to that next level.

“I chose the University of St Thomas, because of their established basketball team and the academics that they offered.

“I now have the opportunity to play basketball at the University and although I know it is going to be hard to play in the team, I am willing to take the challenge.”