Ex-RP youth team member Matthew Wright inks deal with French club Quimper

Opting to pursue the European route for his professional career, Filipino-Canadian and former Philippine Under-18 cager Matthew Wright has recently latched on with French NM1 team Quimper.

A product of St. Bonaventure University in the NCAA’s Division 1, the 6’4” Wright averaged a team-best 16.3 points per game during the 2013-14 to finish as the sixth-best scorer in the whole Atlantic 10 Conference. He also dished out 3.2 assists a night, good for 10th overall.

During his four years with the Bonnies, Wright accumulated a total of 1,037 points in 121 games, good enough to land him in 40th place on the varsity’s all-time scoring list. The shooting guard drained 156 trifectas through the course of his collegiate career to finish as the school’s eighth all-time in terms of three-point marksmanship.

When he was a sophomore back in 2011-12, Wright helped the Bonnies reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament, their first postseason appearance after 12 years and only the sixth in the program’s history. He averaged 6.8 markers a night during the course of that season’s Atlantic 10 Championship run and NCAA tournament.

Aside from suiting up for St. Bonaventure, Wright also donned the national colors by playing for the Franz Pumaren-mentored 2008 RP Youth Team, which finished seventh in the FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship of that year. Some of his teammates include fellow Filipino-Canadian Norbert Torres as well as RR Garcia, Ian Sangalang, Papot Paredes and Sam Marata, among others.

In two games played for Quimper, Wright has averaged 4.0 points, 3.5 assists, 3 steals and 1.5 rebounds. After a scoreless debut last October 25 in his team’s 91-87 loss to Cognac, Wright would later display his capability on offense and defense when given sufficient playing time, as he scored eight points while issuing four assists and stealing the ball five times in 29 minutes of action as he led his team to a 95-56 win over Centre Federal Du Basket-ball (CFBB) last November 1.

Quimper is currently at 10th place in the 16-team field with a 3-4 slate. The club’s next assignment in the French NM1 league will be against Union Tarbes Lourdes Pyrennes on November 15.

Check the video below of Matthew Wright’s highlights as a senior in St. Bonaventure:

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