Being injured for an entire season is something all athletes have nightmares about. Working hard every day putting in the time and effort to be successful, just to be told now you must sit out and watch, hurts more than the injury itself.
Some would soak in self-indulgence and feel sorry for themselves. Others would relax and enjoy the down time of an injured athlete. A very few actually take the time while being injured to use it for improvement in different aspects of the game, becoming better on the court while being o of it.
Duan Wright falls into the last category of people who take being sidelined from a different perspective of bettering themselves while being injured to come back better than before.
Wright, a senior from Alexandria, Louisiana for the men’s basketball team missed the 2015-2016 basketball season due to a torn labrum and a chipped bone on his rotator cuff that required season-ending surgery. Though out, Write never let his teammates forget that he was there supporting them while being observant to different aspects of the game.
“It’s easier for me to understand what’s going on in the game because I got to watch it from a different point of view, now I feel like a coach on the court.” Wright said about having to watch his teammates practice
and play while he was not cleared to do the same.
An injury to an athlete as strange as it may seem might have a greater effect on their mental health rather than the physical. The body will heal over time but the mentality of going all out every play is something that can be lost in the rehab process and replaced with fear of injuring themselves
again. This was not the case for Wright saying
“ I already came back from this injury so I know I can do it again, this is my last go around for the basketball season so mentally I don’t care, I’m going to attack everything hard.”
Wright hopes to end his collegiate career winning a numerous championships, first being the Lone Star Conference Champion- ship, and the other being a Division II National Championship. No stranger to success Wright won two state high school basketball championships in Louisiana while only losing one game during the two seasons.
Shooting for success, it is the passion that Wright feels for the game that he has loved and played that gets him going every day to go and get better. With ties of relatives and friends in different professional basketball leagues Wright has been shaped by the sport of basketball his whole life.
“The best way I can put it is a lion chasing after a gazelle, you like the chase, the hunt, the fight. I love all the parts of the game from the physical, the shooting, rebounding, diving on the floor, playing hard, the screaming, all of that I love it.” Wright said about how it feels being out on the court.
The mentality of a champion is some- thing that is learned from the day of birth, with every experience after either pushing forward or retracting the strong mental
state so many people desire. Everyone likes to believe they have the capability to reach this limit, but yet so little people do. You don’t have to help lead a team to winning two state championships or come back from a season long injury to lead the team in scoring averaging 11.9 points per game to reach a championship mentality. Those are just a couple things that helped Wright to get there.