Despite only being able to show flashes of his potential during an injury-plagued basketball career at Colorado, Namon Wright will get a chance to earn a paycheck.
On Wednesday, the Leicester Riders of the British Basketball League announced it had signed Wright, a 2019 CU graduate who played in 44 games for the Buffaloes over two seasons after transferring from Missouri.
Wright is the second recent former CU player to sign overseas in the past 10 days, as 2018 graduate George King signed last week with Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italy. King was a 2018 second-round pick of the Phoenix Suns and spent last season with Northern Arizona of the G League, averaging 15.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in 41 games.
“I feel very blessed and happy to start my professional career with the Riders,” Wright said in a statement released by the team. “I’m excited to get to work. What made me want to be with the Riders is their winning resume, coaches, as well as the opportunity to play in such a strong league with great fans.”
Wright sat out the 2016-17 season per NCAA transfer rules but didn’t practice with the Buffs much that year anyway due to a foot injury that would prove problematic throughout his time in Boulder. He shot .435 overall from the floor while averaging 9.7 points in 30 games as a junior in 2017-18, and he opened his senior season last fall with perhaps his finest outing with the Buffs, coming off the bench in a season-opening win against Drake to go 8-for-12 with 25 points and eight rebounds.
However, Wright didn’t approach that pace over the remainder of the nonconference schedule, and eventually his troublesome foot robbed the Buffs of their only senior. After scoring 13 points in a Nov. 24 win at Air Force, Wright went 12-for-34 over the next nine games before missing a Jan. 5 game at Arizona State. Wright attempted a comeback the following week at Utah but managed to play just five minutes before the foot forced him to the sideline for good.
Overall, Wright shot .453 for the Buffs in 44 games (13 starts), averaging 8.8 points and 3.3 rebounds.