Akeem Wright Signs New One-Year Contract With the Otago OceanaGold Nuggets

TORONTO, April 17, 2013 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Akeem Wright has signed a contract to play the 2013 season with the OceanaGold Nuggets of the New Zealand National Basketball League (NBL).

Wright, a 6’6’’ small forward, played for the Nuggets last summer before making stops in Israel’s National League and the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) this past winter. In 2012, he was the NBL’s second leading scorer at 22.4 points per game. He was also fifth in the league in rebounding at 9.4 per game, fifth in assists at 4.6 per game, third in steals at 2.2 per game, and fifth in blocks at 1.2 per game. Wright was named to the Australiabasket.com New Zealand NBL All-Imports Team and the Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Second Team.

Wright finished his season in Israel averaging 21.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 2.3 steals for Maccabi Kiryat Gat. He then joined the Halifax Rainmen of NBL Canada for their last nine games of the 2012-13 season. There, he averaged 15.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.4 steals. He shot 55.6% from the field and 41.4% from three-point range.

Originally from Philadelphia, Wright played his college career at Kansas State University under coach Bob Huggins. He graduated in 2007, averaging 6.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in his senior season. Since then, he has made stops in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the NBA Development League, and Argentina before ending up in New Zealand for the 2012 season.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to return to Otago for the 2013 season,” said Wright. “We made a great run last year and my goal this season is to help the club win a championship – nothing less.”

For more information and individual box scores for Akeem throughout the season, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/akeem-wright