Steven Wright is a 28 year old 191cm guard from Dayton, Ohio. He was playing his first season in Finland for Namika Lahti, but left recently. He is an extremely athletic combo guard with great quickness, an explosive leaper and has great ball handling and passing skills. He hurts you with his penetration or a pull up for the mid ranged jumper, pick and roll, coming off picks for the shot, and when left open he’ll hit the three pointer also. At the same time he is an unselfish player who creates scoring opportunities for others and has a very good ability to finish around the basket. He is a great defensive player because of his quickness and athletic abilities and is a great and mature person with a good work ethic. He played at Bowling Green from 2002-2006. He finished his NCAA career at Northern Kentucky in 2006-2007 averaging 16,8 ppg., 5,3 rpg., 3,2 apg., 1,6 spg., FG: 46.1%, 3PT: 34,6%, FT 77,5%. In 2007, he came to Germany an dplayed for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig averaging 7.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 44.9%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 75.5% in 34 games. In 2008-2009, he helped lead The Paderborn Baskets into the BEKO BBL playoffs averaging 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 77.2% in 36 games. In 2009-2010, he played for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 26 games: 5.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 29.9%, FT: 81.6%. Last season, he played for the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf 32 games: 8.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 71.9%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball in his future.
You had only a short time in Finland. Why didn´t it work out?
Yes a very short time. Things didn’t workout there because me and the club could not come to an agreement with residency for my family and the health care. I was playing well but that wasn’t the most important thing. Me and my family wanted to be comfortable.
You are back in States. How does your plan look now. You have mostly played in europe. Would you give a go at playing in the States?
Acutally I’m still in Finland right now my flight leaves here on Monday. I would rather stay here or come back to Europe once a job opportunity is available for me that fit’s the best situation for a player with a family.
I am sure you would love to play in Germany again. If you had a choice where would you like to play most?
Of course I would love to come back and play in Germany. I was there my first 4 years of my career had my ups and downs but me and my family enjoyed our time in Germany. If I had a choice I would want to play with a team that’s going to compete for a playoff position.
If you had the choice would you play for Murat Didin again who want to return to the Beko BBL with the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf?
If I had the chance yes I would play for him again. I already reached out to him. I know he is passionate about the game of basketball and wants to return to the bbl. We had our ups and downs last season but once I figured out what Murat Didin wanted me to do my game got better individually. I thought as a team we got better at the end but it was too late.
You are in your best basketball age at 28. What are the most important things you can offer a professional team now?
Man I’m getting up there 28? Lol Since I’ve been playing in Germany I have always tried to do what was best for the team, whatever coaches wanted me to do. I can help a team by being a Leader, distributor, scorer, or helping teams defensively. I just want to win and be on a winning team.
Are you a type of leader on the court. How valuable can your experience be to any team?
Yes I can be a leader if that’s what the team wants. BBL is a great league and I’ve played in it for 4 seasons in a row I have great experience and could help a team in anyway possible.
What has always been your biggest challenge at playing basketball?
My biggest challenge has been pressure. I put a lot of pressure on myself at times because I want to prevail. The games I had in Finland I was very relaxed and played real well. When I’m out there on the court I just need to relax, have fun and play off instincts.
If a team in Germany called you to come over how quickly could you get there?
I could be there faster than the human eye can blink.
Thanks Steve for the chat.