Former Stony Brook Player Lands In Big East

Reporter Brian Towey spoke to former Stony Brook player Kyle Wright, who recently made a decision to play in the Big East after spending some time in a Hartford Pro-Am Summer League ...

Kyle Wright's return to New England will be a grand one. And for that he has his hometown Pro-Am summer league to thank.

Wright, a Hartford, Conn., native and one-time Brewster (N.H.) Academy standout, will appear in the Big East in 2009-2010 as a member of the Providence Friars. His re-entry into the Northeastern basketball consciousness and Division I return are owed, in large part, to the Greater Hartford Pro-Am Summer Basketball League.

"I created a bit of a following playing at the Hartford Pro-Am- I was named M.V.P.," said Wright, a 6-foot-5 swingman. "I guess I created a bit of a buzz around New England."

Wright spent his freshman year at Stony Brook, then transferred to Colorado to join former Brewster teammate Xavier Silas. He redshirted last year at Colorado, hoping to crack the Buffs' playing rotation as a redshirt sophomore.

When Silas was dismissed from the Colorado basketball team in February, Wright found himself having second thoughts about the program. He finished out the school year, and, with the aid of a former AAU coach, J.R. Hargreaves of the Connecticut Basketball Club, sought out a junior college.

Wright wanted to be closer to home, and eventually settled on Monroe College in the Bronx, N.Y., a junior college program with a track record of sending players to Division I. Wright couldn't have foreseen that his audition for a college scholarship would take place before he even reached Monroe, playing against grown men in a summer league that college coaches are not allowed to watch.

"I think (Providence) kind of knew about him (before he came here)," said Monroe coach Jeff Brustad of the offseason buzz that led the Big East program to take a look at Wright during the contact period in the fall.

The Friar staff became regulars at the Bronx campus in September. Wright hoped a scholarship offer would be forthcoming.

"They came to see me for the first four weeks of practice in the fall," said Wright. "It was the type of thing where I knew guys on the team (at Providence), and if they offered me, I was going to take it."

The Providence staff, seeing a match between their system and Wright's offensive versatility, extended an offer during the first week of October. Wright quickly accepted.

"The thing that they like about me is that I can play all three (perimeter) positions," said Wright, who will have two years of eligibility at Providence. "They like to get up a lot of shots. I hope to do that. I hope to come in and have an immediate impact."

At a sinewy 215 pounds, Wright bears little physical resemblance to the spindly kid who signed with Stony Brook in the spring of 2006. And after his "journey", Wright hopes he's found some permanency. This time, a little bit closer to home.

"I wanted to stay closer to home and play in a great conference," said Wright. "I'm really getting the best of both worlds."

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