Who is Coach Sharone Wright?
Sharone Wright was born with basketball in his blood - his father is Ronnie “Bulldog” Martin (deceased), was an all-City basketball player for Mark Smith Lasetter (now Northeast High School). Sharone began his basketball training under the tutelage of the late Coach Robert Hudson and the late Coach Jessie Carter. Despite a self proclaimed clumsy and awkward start, Sharone persisted and Coaches Hudson and Carter led him to Myles Patrick (Southwest High, Auburn University & LA Lakers).
Patrick, who had know Sharone since he was eight, became a role model and father figure to Sharone and helped groom him to reach his dream of playing for Coach Don Richardson at Southwest.
Sharone played for Southwest during the 1989 state championship run and other landmark games. In 1990 he was named Parade All American and in 1991 a Mcdonalds All American. He was ranked 15 in the top players in America and first center. Sharone elected to accept an offer to play for Clemson University over other offers from Duke, Florida State, Tennessee, North Carolina State and Georgia Tech.
At Clemson he lead in scoring, rebounding and blocks. He set many many records at Clemson. Wright also won a Gold Medal at the 1993 World University Games. As a junior he entered the NBA draft. He was selected as the sixth overall pick in the 1994 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. After two seasons he was traded to the Toronto Raptors. A car accident took him out of commission for almost a year and a half and returned to basketball with an injury that didn’t heal correctly. He accepted an offer with the Spanish ACB league to resurrect his career. After stops in Poland,Russia,Korea and Holland .
After seven successful seasons in Europe, Sharone ended his time on the court to focus on professional coaching. He served as assistant to UNC’s Randy Wiel in Europe.Wright is the President of basketball operations and General Manager of the Pee Dee VIPERS of the PBL. He is a FIBA licensed coach and regular on the NBA summer scene. He is also a scout for three NBA teams.