Arizona Wildcats Honored Michael Wright, Former Knicks Pick & Farragut Star Found Dead Earlier In The Week
On Friday night, the Arizona Wildcats wore a warm-up shirt with the #2 on it in honor of former Cat Michael Wright who was found dead earlier in the week.
The 35 year old Wright first made a name for himself as a member of the high-flying Farragut Academy team in 1995 with Kevin Garnett and Ronnie Fields.
“Kevin was the quiet guy at first and the hard-working one,” Fields told the Chicago Tribune. “I was the more serious, laid-back, smooth guy. Michael was the funny guy. He always had fun.
“We could have a long day in school or getting ready to go to practice and be in a bad mood, but not Mike. He would be hiding behind a wall and jump out and scare you. He was funny, mostly because of some of his impersonations. He was the baby brother out of the big three.”
Michael Wright, KG and Ronnie Fields. Still feel lucky to have seen Farragut play in person back in the day pic.twitter.com/EtvgFpsEPp
— Kevin Kaduk (@KevinKaduk) November 11, 2015
The team finished with a 28-2 record but failed to win a state title after being upset by Thornton High.
“A lot of people look at what me and Kevin did, but Mike worked so hard to build his own name and carry his own weight,” said Fields. “He was just as important to us winning at Farragut as a freshman. That was a rare feat to see three NBA players on one team in high school. It’s so remarkable. Mike worked so hard. He took the mantle after me and Kevin left. He was still dominant.”
Wright would go on to play 3 seasons at University of Arizona and in 2001 was drafted by the Knicks with the 38th overall pick. He never played a minute in the NBA but has been playing overseas since.
His death has been ruled a homicide. There have been no arrests.
Here is Kaleb Tarczewski warming up in one of the team's special #2 warm ups in memory of Michael Wright. pic.twitter.com/S3zPf9ePoh
— Arizona Basketball (@APlayersProgram) November 14, 2015
— Arizona Basketball (@APlayersProgram) November 11, 2015