As the spring semester came to and end, LaSalle’s Jerrell Wright has a number of things on his plate. Wright is listed as the 70th best player in the NBA draft class and will likely go undrafted. Wright will have workouts with teams to try to land on a summer-league roster or find his way onto a roster with an international league.
However, this is not commanding Wright’s attention like something else was.
Wright, a Philadelphia native, has been asked by his alma mater (Dobbins Tech) to give the commencement speech at this year’s graduation.
Speaking with NBC Sports, Wright said “One of the old coaches at Dobbins, Coach Yank, contacted coach [Horace] Owens and recommended that I speak at Dobbins’ graduation.”
That was followed up with words by coach Dr. John Giannani.
“The way he grew was in confidence, especially socially and academically,” Dr. Giannini added.
“There are some really good students coming out of Philadelphia public schools, but there are others who are underprepared and college can be a big adjustment. I think it was an adjustment for Jerrell, but in his first year he won our program’s most dedicated student award.”
Wright has been given the honor of giving this commencement speech tomorrow, June 16th, at his former high school.
A young man that will definitely land on some professional roster, may have a greater effect than anyone when giving this speech to the type of kids he was just a few years ago.
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