Elm Staff Writer
First-year player Tray Wright is a point guard on the Washington College men’s basketball team. Even as a freshman, Wright has already demonstrated an outstanding capacity for leadership and is ready to push the envelope on possibilities for the Shoremen basketball program.
Basketball has been a part of Wright’s life since he was five years old, so it’s no surprise that it would be part of his college experience. Wright is from Baltimore and went to high school at Saint Paul’s School for Boys, where he played point guard on their basketball team.
As a freshman at WC, Wright wasted no time getting used to the feel of college basketball and empowering the culture of WC’s team.
“The transition from high school to college has been very eye-opening to me,” Wright said. “The game is a lot more physical and players are a lot smarter.”
Despite this, he believes he is ready to adapt to the playing style, and beat out other teams.
In his short time here Wright has already been awarded Shoremen of the Week. He scored 20 points in his first collegiate regular-season game pushing WC to an 86-76 victory over Cairn University and claiming Shoremen’s first win in a season opener in 11 years.
In Wright’s mind, that will just be the beginning of the Shoremen’s success this season. He has great vision for basketball at WC and believes his team has the potential and drive to win.
Regarding his last few games, he said, “We showed that we have a lot of fight in us and that we aren’t going to back down from anybody. I love the fighting nature of this team.”
He said he believes that Shoremen men’s basketball as a whole is coming together as a better team.
“Everyone is accepting their role in order to benefit the team in a positive manner,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to being a part of the group of guys that changes the culture for basketball here. We have a really talented group of guys and will shock a lot of teams this year.”
Head Coach Aaron Goodman knows more than anyone of Wright’s potential, and has high expectations for him at WC.
“Wright has already made an impact in our program in the short time he has been at WC.”
Goodman said he applauds Wright’s ability on the court and as leader for his team and believes him to be a major player in achieving the team’s goals this season.
“Tray is a consummate teammate, he has a very infectious personality, he’s very intelligent, savvy, and always brings a positive attitude to any situation,” Goodman said. “His play on the court inspires his teammates, and they know that he cares about them more than himself and winning.”
Keep an eye out for Tray Wright and the Men’s Basketball team this season, because they are ready to compete.