NP grad Wright con­tin­ues hoops ca­reer in Hun­gary

North Point grad­u­ate signs first pro con­tract over­seas

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Mar­quis Wright has made a mark at ever y level of his bas­ket­ball ca­reer.

The 2013 North Point High School and re­cent Siena Col­lege grad­u­ate will now get the op­por­tu­nity to make more marks as he moves on to the pro­fes­sional level, re­cently sign­ing with Egis Kor­mend which com­petes in Hun­gary’s top di­vi­sion, the Nemetzi, Ba­jnok­sag I/A.

“I’m very ex­cited,” said Wright, who signed his pro deal on July 17. “All the hard work I’ve put in has def­i­nitely paid off. I’m still try­ing to rise to the top, and hope­fully this op­por­tu­nity is the start of some­thing spe­cial. Right now, I’m just try­ing to stay hum­ble and be hun­gry. It feels good to know that I’m a pro now.”

The for­mer North Point point guard, who helped lead the boys bas­ket­ball pro­gram to its first-ever Class 4A state championship in 2011, will be leav­ing the states to start his pro jour­ney on Aug. 7.

The team’s sea­son runs from Oc­to­ber through April as part of the NB I/A, which is aligned with FIBA Europe.

“I had about four choices that my agent told me about and Hun­gary was the best deal and I did my re­search,” Wright said. “I spoke with my par­ents, and ev­ery­thing sounded good.”

Ear­lier this sum­mer, Wright was in­vited to and par­tic­i­pated in an NBA Draft pre-draft work­out with the Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards. Two weeks ago, he com­peted in the World­wide In­vi­ta­tional and Scor­ers 1st Show­case in Las Ve­gas.

“The Wiz­ards gave me all good feed­back af­ter the work­out, but the last thing they said was that I was un­der­sized, so I knew I wouldn’t make their sum­mer league team,” he said. “So I went to Ve­gas for two show­cases that over­seas coaches were at and did well. While play­ing over­seas it is still pos­si­ble for me to pos­si­bly get to the NBA one day.”

In his fi­nal sea­son as a se­nior

with NCAA Di­vi­sion I’s Siena, Wright guided the Saints to a .500 record (17-17) and pro­gram’s first Metro At­lantic Ath­letic Conference championship ap­pear­ance in seven years.

The Saints floor gen­eral was named to the NABC Dis­trict I sec­ond team to the All-MAAC sec­ond team as well as se­lected to the MAAC all-tour­na­ment team.

Wright grad­u­ated ranked third all-time in Siena bas­ket­ball his­tory in as­sists (614), fifth in steals (199) and 10th in scor­ing (1,546).

He was named Siena’s Doc Marcelle Team Most Valu­able Player for the 2014-15 sea­son and re­ceived hon­ors as the school’s male rookie of the year in 2013-14 along with be­ing named as a Kyle

Macy Fresh­man All-Amer­i­can and se­lected to the MAAC All-Rookie team.

“Hav­ing a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in col­lege helped me be­cause one of my as­sis­tant coaches sent out film and stats to dif­fer­ent agents and they all sent out my high­lights to the

pro scouts and it helped a lot,” Wright said.

Be­fore he heads to Hun­gary, Wright has been work­ing out with his trainer James Millings and for­mer North Point team­mates

in the gym to keep his over­all skills up, while also stay­ing strong and con­di­tioned.

“It is great to see Mar­quis fur­ther his ca­reer at the pro level,” North

Point head boys bas­ket­ball coach Jimmy Ball said. “He has an old man soul in a young body and is a pass­first point guard that is al­ways two or three plays ahead. From watch­ing him in col­lege he be­came a much bet­ter out­side shooter. He never stopped work­ing on his game and never lost his de­sire to play de­fense.”

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Mar­quis Wright, a 2013 North Point High School and re­cent Siena Col­lege grad­u­ate, will now get the op­por­tu­nity to make more marks as he moves on to the pro­fes­sional level, re­cently sign­ing with Egis Kor­mend which com­petes in Hun­gary’s top di­vi­sion, the Nemetzi, Ba­jnok­sag I/A.

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