Kevin McNamara of the ProJo just reported on his blog that JUCO guard Kyle Wright has left the team.
A release from the PC sports info department quotes coach Keno Davis as saying “Kyle is an outstanding young man with a bright future ahead of him. I appreciate Kyle’s efforts this year and understand and support his decision. We wish him nothing but the best.”
Wow, didn’t really see this coming during the season. To be honest, I would have thought Russ Permenter would leave before Kyle Wright did. Wright was averaging just under 10 minutes a game (but only played over 10+ in three games since BIG EAST play started), and never really got it going with his strength – his long range shot. In 26 games, Wright took 43 threes, making just 14 for a 32.6%.
I hate to see it not work out for Kyle, as I thought despite his poor first year with Providence, he could have been a solid role player next season given his size and potential with his shot.
Anyways, this opens up a new scholarship for the Friars, so it will be interesting to see how Keno and staff will use it. Will they try to land a late big man for next year, or hold onto it for a potential big player for the class of 2011?
Good luck in your future endeavors Kyle! You were only a Friar for a short time, but still a Friar!
UPDATE (6:05PM): KMac updated his post and according to Wright, it came down to academics.
“I was required to take more credits than any other student,” said Wright. “They accepted 70 credits and it normally takes 116 to graduate. I need 140 credits. It would be possible (to graduate and keep playing basketball) but I was in a position where I had to do everything perfectly. I had to fit everything in perfectly.”