Lamar Wright is popularly known as the son of the late NBA legend, Lorenzen Wright, who played for the Memphis Grizzlies. Following in his father’s footsteps, the young player decided to continue his father’s legacy as an NBA superstar.
“Part of the reason I know I play basketball,” Lamar said, “is because I want to make sure people know we’re continuing his legacy and we’re going to continue it the right way.” Currently, he plays college basketball for the SIU Edwardsville Cougars alongside his twin brother, Shamar Wright.
It is difficult to separate Lamar from his twin brother, Shamar because they do almost everything together. Sharing the spotlight on some occasions.
The fame of Lorenzen might have brought the family to the eyes of the public but his death has planted them in an unwanted spotlight, one Lamar and other members of the family are yet to turn off completely.
Here is everything you need to know about the younger Lamar.
Lamar Wright has five siblings
Lamar was born with his twin brother, Shamar in Murrieta, California, to Lorenzen Wright and Sherra Wright. Despite their online popularity, their exact birthday is unknown. At the time of writing this post, it is believed they already celebrated their 21st birthday.
Lamar has four other siblings – Lawson Wright, Loren Wright, Sofia Wright, and Lorenzen Wright Jr. Sadly, the family lost Sierra Wright on 1 March 2003 when she was still an infant.
Lamar’s basketball career
Lamar started playing basketball with his father at a very young age, even before he was admitted into high school. In high school, Lamar played for Stephen F. Austin in Sugar Land, Texas, before transferring to o Riverside, California, Murrieta Mesa high school.
Upon graduating from high school, Lamar attended the Link Year Prep in Branson, Missouri, before signing with SIU Edwardsville Cougars. He wears jersey number 55 and plays forward position. His twin brother, Shamar, previously signed by the North Carolina-Greensboro, requested he be released to join his brother in SIUE.
According to his coach, Lamar has what it takes to help the team rank high in the nation’s chart. He also identified his athleticism, competitiveness, and high motor, as key elements necessary for the team’s growth; stating that his work ethic, consistency, and determination set him apart from so many others.
Lamar Wright lost his father at 10
The famous Lorenzen Wright was declared missing for ten days then found dead in July 2010 in the woods of Memphis, Tennessee. His bullet-riddled body was said to weigh just 57 pounds when discovered. Lamar was just 10 years old. For a long time, the culprits were unknown and no arrest was made.
In 2017, Lamar’s mother, Sherra Wright, who divorced her husband before the unfortunate incident was arrested after being pulled over on a California highway. 17-year-old Lamar and his twin brother were handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car.
Sherra Wright was being charged alongside Billy R. Turner for first-degree murder. The case dragged on until 2019 when Sherra pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit first-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with the possibility of parole after eight years.
Sherra said her acceptance of a plea deal was a simple matter of risk assessment, choosing the possibility of parole after eight years over the possibility of life in prison with a guilty verdict at trial. Lamar says his mother had nothing to do with his father’s death.
There are accolades
With less than a decade of playing basketball, Lamar has several accolades attached to his name. Some of which include a Desert Valley All-Star selection, an All-Star slam dunk champion, an All-CIF second-team pick. He holds the Murrieta Mesa High School record for points in a game with 38.
Between 2019 to 2021, the 6 foot 7 inches (201cm) tall led the OVC at 1.9 blocks per game, finishing 36th in the NCAA. His 50 total blocks were good for No. 29 nationally. He also scored a career-high five points on five separate occasions and grabbed a season-high six rebounds at Iowa 11
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