Heart of a Champion - Mitchell Layton
Hoya great's hard work pays off with NBA call-up
The good news just keeps on coming for the Georgetown Hoyas. Sunday night, ESPN's Marc Stein reported that the Dallas Mavericks plan to sign former Hoya point guard Chris Wright to a ten-day contract this week. This call-up will be Wright's first regular-season appearance on an NBA roster.
Wright has had an eventful couple of years since leaving the Hilltop. Last season, he played overseas in Turkey, but had that year abroad cut short by a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Wright returned home to seek treatment but remained undeterred in his pursuit of a career in the N.B.A. An invitation to training camp with the New Orleans Hornets followed and, though Wright didn't catch on for the season, he impressed the front office, which predicted that he'd make the league sooner or later.
Wright bolstered that case throughout a season with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League, where he averaged 15.5 points, 7.0 assists, and 4.3 rebounds and earned a trip to the D-League All-Star Game. Undoubtedly, Wright's candidacy was sealed by this blog's longtime recognition of his Heart of a Champion. Wright becomes the second Hoya to make his NBA debut this season, following former teammate Henry Sims, lately of the New Orleans Hornets, who just scored his first NBA points after a similarly successful D-League stint. Sims and Wright become, by my count at least, the sixth and seventh Hoyas of the JTIII era to play in the NBA.
This news is the perfect cap on a weekend that has included the monumental, quite possibly rivalry-capping rout of Syracuse, the announcement of Otto Porter as First-Team All-Big East, Markel Starks to the Third Team, and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera to the all-rookie team, and the commitment of coveted 2014 forward Isaac Copeland to Georgetown.
Congratulations to Chris, and Hoya Saxa.