Joel Wright: One to Watch
by Jon Wagner
Feb 11, 2009 | 7683 views | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Joel Wright picked up the game of basketball very quickly after coming to the United States at age 12 from Kingston, Jamaica. Just six years later, Wright is poised to help rebuild a Fordham University program (currently struggling through a 3-17 season) upon graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School.

The 6-foot-6 junior forward has improved each year. Wright, nicknamed “Air Jamaica,” averaged 12.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in the Brooklyn AA boys’ varsity division as a freshman in 2007. As a sophomore, Wright increased those totals to 14.1 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. This year, Wright is averaging a dominating 25 points and 19 rebounds per game.

In a 133-50 win over William E. Grady on January 6th, Wright recorded an incredible 54 points and 27 rebounds while helping Jefferson to pull away in an unbelievable second half. Jefferson led 42-29 at halftime in that game, and behind Wright, Jefferson outscored Grady 91-21 in the second half, including 56-12 in the fourth quarter.

Wright had dreamed of playing in the Big East, and received scholarships from St. John’s and Providence, and interest from West Virginia. Ultimately though, Wright changed his mind and chose to attend Atlantic-10 school Fordham as a future college freshman, preferring to stay close to his Brooklyn home and go where he felt the most comfortable.

Wright will remain One To Watch as he completes a stellar high school career as a senior next season, and then tries to turn around a local Bronx college thereafter.

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