The Basketball Interview…with McKinley Wright

High School

Posted On: 11/23/16 4:16 PM

Dayton signed national top 200 point guard McKinley Wright who is one of the state’s most inspiring players because of the effort he gives and the passion he plays with. Wright talked to NHR today for The Basketball Interview!

At your school, what is your favorite part or parts about game days in terms of the routine leading up to the game?

“The fans in the hallways and my teachers really get me pumped it, cause I know they’ll be there supporting us!”

What makes your crowd unique? What is a memorable thing that they’ve done that you will always remember?

“The “6th man” is by far the best fan section in the state! They really come deep and have a great way of frustrating the opponents and their coaches (said with a laugh).”

Who is the toughest player you can recall playing against in Minnesota basketball and why?

“The Toughest player, I would go with Brad Davison, Gary Trent Jr, and Amir Coffey because they can all score the ball in so many ways but I’m always up for the challenge, it’s fun.”

Who is your biggest rival and what about them makes the rivalry both heated and memorable?

“The biggest rival I would like to say is Maple Grove or Hopkins both are always great teams and they just know how to win they both beat us last year.”

Who is your favorite basketball player in the world and why?

“My favorite basketball player is Kobe Bryant because of his willingness to do WHATEVER it takes to win and how hard he competes against anyone, and Damian Lillard because of his underdog mentality and he shines when the lights come on.”

All basketball players love gear. What brand of gear or type of gear are you partial to?

“I would have to say Jordan but I rock everything.”

What is your favorite venue to play basketball in that you’ve played in?

“Minnetonka High School, I love that gym.”

What team that isn’t on your schedule in Minnesota would you most like to play and why?

“Lakeville North because Nate (Reuvers) talks a lot of mess (laughing) but that’s my guy.”

Explain the relationship varsity players have at your school with youth players

“We have a great relationship with the younger guys we’re always at their games showing love, they look up to us.

Best coaching advice you’ve received is what and who was it from?

“When you’re sleep and not putting in work just know someone else is at your position #Brothers” -Coach Al Harris

Who is your basketball influence?

“My mom is my biggest influence.”