Utica’s Josh Wright hasn’t been with the Syracuse University basketball team for the last three games. When will he be back? Will he be back?
Utica’s Josh Wright hasn’t been with the Syracuse University basketball team for the last three games.
When will he be back?
Will he be back?
“We’ll see,” said SU coach Jim Boeheim when asked about Wright’s status at Saturday’s SU football game against Cincinnati.
The coach wouldn’t comment beyond that.
Wright, who could not be reached for comment Saturday, didn’t make the trip to New York City with the rest of the team when it played two games in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden last week, Syracuse Basketball Sports Information Director Pete Moore said.
To Moore’s knowledge, Wright is still part of the program. His absence was due to academic obligations, Moore said.
Moore said Wright and Boeheim met, and Boeheim has said he expects Wright to rejoin the team when it returns to practice Monday. The Orange didn’t practice over the weekend.
When Wright missed Syracuse’s game against Fordham on Nov. 16, Boeheim said Wright’s father had called him before the game and said his son was sick and wouldn’t attend. Wright hasn’t been with the team since.
Thus far, Wright hasn’t played in six of the team’s seven games, including exhibition, after having started the first 27 games of last season. The team’s only senior, he has logged just four minutes for the season and missed both of the team’s preseason games due to an ankle injury.
Moore went on to say that to his understanding no disciplinary action would be taken.
In Wright’s absence, freshman Jonny Flynn has gotten the majority of minutes at point guard and is averaging 11 points, 5.4 assists.
Syracuse’s next game is against UMass at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Carrier Dome.