By: Nate Rubinstein (@Nate_Rubinstein)
It feels like just yesterday the whole city of Waterbury, Connecticut was packed in the Reggie O’Brien Gymnasium at Wilby High School to witness Walt Wright hit a game winning three pointer in double overtime against city rival, Crosby High School.
Fast forward two years and Wright now attends school in Missoula, Montana preparing to wear a Division 1 uniform for the first time in his career.
The transfer junior did nothing but shine at Snow College, a Junior College located in Ephraim, Utah, averaging 21.8 points per game and earning NJCAA All-America Honorable Mention. To add to his resume, Wright was first-team All-SWAC Conference and All-Region 18 First Team.
This year Wright will be put in the starting point guard role for the Griz and is setting the bar high for the team. “We want to go out and win the Big Sky conference and make it into the NCAA Tournament,” Wright said in a conversation over the phone. When it came to his individual game he mentioned, “Individually, I look to lead the team. I don’t have my mind set on any specific amount of points or anything, I just want to lead the team to victory and be a leader.”
With only two years of eligibility left coming from a JUCO school, Wright said that he does feel pressure to perform, but that it’s good pressure.
The 5’10” point guard feels that University of Montana was the right fit for him out of all the schools that offered him scholarships for the final two years of his collegiate career. “I felt that Montana put me in the best situation to have a chance to win a championship. They didn’t promise me any starting position, but told me I had a high possibility for the role. It also looked like the best place to make a two year career, and hopefully become a pro.”
Over the off-season Wright focused on his three point shot and putting more weight on his body knowing that the Division 1 level is a lot more physical from what he experienced in the past.
The Montana Griz tip off the season November 16th, at home, against Boise State. Watch out for Wright to be a pivotal role in the teams’ success and represent Connecticut basketball with pride this season.