Since winning two national championships in three years, Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright has been discussed when speculating who could be the next college coach to make the jump to the NBA. Wright has remained loyal to the Wildcats throughout his tenure with the program, but that isn’t going to stop one NBA franchise from gauging interest in Villanova’s leading man, according to reports.
According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the New York Knicks hope to reach out to Wright to see if he would be open to taking the job.
The Knicks fired head coach Jeff Hornacek on Thursday morning.
From Isola’s report:
According to a source close to the club, Knicks management believes Wright would be a perfect candidate for a rebuilding club. Wright, who has won two national championships over the last three years, has been linked to NBA jobs in the past but has never given any indication he wants to leave Villanova.
“He told me years ago that he wanted to make Villanova into the Duke of the Northeast,” says a person close to Wright. “It would take a lot for him to leave.”
Of course, it’s going to be tough to get Wright to leave Villanova.
Following the conclusion of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, Wright said that he was committed to the program and called it the “best job in the country.”
“I just have the best job in the country. I’m in my hometown, my wife’s alma mater, my favorite team growing up. … I just love going to work every day. As a coach, there’s just nothing better,” he said, according to Nancy Armour of USA TODAY Sports.
Other candidates for the job are David Fizdale, David Blatt, Mark Jackson, and Jerry Stackhouse, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.