Following Footsteps

Shadow Creek’s Victoria Wright is next in historic lineage of athletes

Victoria Wright & Larry Wright Vype

Williams Shakespeare once said, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.”

Greatness may have been thrust upon Shadow Creek sophomore Victoria Wright, who has a lineage that includes an NBA Champion, two college football players and two Division I basketball players.

The Shadow Creek Shark may be ready to add her name to the long list of great Wright athletes.

“I’ve never felt pressured to compete in sports,” Wright said. “I’ve always felt the pressure of living up to the accomplishments, however.”

The beginning of the Wright legacy starts on a basketball court in Monroe, Louisiana, the hometown of Larry Wright – a two-time Parade All-American and grandfather to Victoria.

Wright, a star for Grambling State, was drafted 14th overall by the Washington Bullets in 1976 after his junior year of college. Wright’s basketball career in the NBA (1976-1981) saw him win the only NBA Title in Washington Wizards’ history. After a stint in Italy, his time as a professional player was over as his time as a father was just beginning.

His four children had success at the college level as well. Lance (a football player) and Ashana starred at Grambling. Ashana won four straight conference titles. Victoria’s father Larry Wright Jr. went to Notre Dame and Louisiana Tech, where he played football for both programs. Finally, Imani Wright currently stars for the No. 3 Florida State Seminoles, where she leads in minutes played and is second in points and assists.

With sports in her blood, many assume that Victoria was forced on this path. She says differently.

“I grew up around athletics all my life, so I never thought of not participating in sports,” Wright said.

Her path has only just begun, but the drive and support system is in place. The dual-sport athlete could re-write the record books in hoops and track at the relatively new school in Alvin ISD.

Playing at the varsity level since her freshmen year, Victoria was the second-leading scorer on the first-ever playoff basketball team for Shadow Creek in her sophomore campaign.

With nearly 10 points per game and leading the Sharks in steals, it seems like Victoria is just getting started in writing her chapter in the Wright athletics lineage.

This article appears in the March Issue of VYPE Magazine. Pick up your copy at any one of our locations today! 

 

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