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Billy Wright won a state title with Richmond in 1992
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics

Meet the New Assistants: Billy Wright

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
         
Release: July 03, 2013
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Billy Wright joined James Whitford's first staff at Ball State after five seasons at Western Illinois.  He spent the last three as Associate Head Coach.  

Deeply rooted in Indiana, Wright previously coached at Pike and Ben Davis High Schools after winning the 1992 Indiana state championship as a player at Richmond.  Following Wright's standout days as a Red Devil, he stared at Bradley with future NBA player Anthony Parker.  The duo led the Braves to an NCAA Tournament berth in 1996.  A three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Team selection, Wright was later inducted into the Bradley University Hall of Fame in 2007.

During Wright's time at Pike, two years of which where spent as the head coach, he helped develop three players that went on to be first-round NBA draft picks -- Courtney Lee (Orlando Magic, 2008), Jeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks, 2009) and Marquis Teague (Chicago Bulls, 2012).

Wright stopped by to chat with Cardinals radio voice Joel Godett about his time in Indiana, his coaching philosphy and his success in the game, despite not always being among the tallest players in the gym.

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