KUALA LUMPUR — He might be tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League, but it could take a while before we see sniper Matthew Wright play in the PBA.
The Westports Malaysia Dragons guard has helped lead the Dragons to the championship round, where they will lock horns with the Singapore Slingers in Game 1 of the best-of-5 series Friday night at the MABA Stadium here.
Playing in sync with fellow Filipino Jason Brickman, Wright averaged an impressive 23.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists as the team coached by Ariel Vanguardia led the league in the elimination round with a 16-4 record.
“We are in the finals right now so I’ll say so far, it’s been a very successful season,” the St. Bonaventure alum told a small group of Filipino reporters here. “Individually, I can say it’s a success, but it wouldn’t mean anything to me if we didn’t win the championship.”
His stellar play has led to buzz that Wright will take his talents to the PBA, where FOX Sports PH analyst Enzo Flojo expects him to be a game-changer.
The Toronto native, however, is still undecided and is considering other options like returning to Europe to play, suiting up for another team in a different Asian league, or making another go-round with the Dragons in the ABL.
“To be honest, I haven’t thought that far yet,” he said. “We’ve been pretty invested this season and that’s all we’ve been thinking about lately. (My next step) will take care of itself after the season is done.”
“Me and other players believe our future career depends on how well we do in the next couple of games.”
But Wright will be the first to admit that the PBA is his most enticing option, as he grew up playing in Filipino leagues in Canada along with current pro league youngsters Norbert Torres and James Forrester.
“It’s always been in my mind,” he shared. “Since I was a kid, we’ve been talking about the PBA. I’m just trying to keep as many options. Obviously, with my passport and my history with the Philippines, the PBA looks, so far, the best option for me.”
Wright, who just turned 25 a month ago, could wait out a year before jumping to the PBA, much like what 2014 #1 Draft pick Stanley Pringle did, according to Vanguardia.
If and when the 6-foot-4 swingman makes himself available, he is expected to be among the top selections in a class that is also tipped to feature Jeron Teng and Jio Jalalon among others. — By Josiah Albelda