The University of Vermont isn’t exactly known for being an athletics powerhouse. In the history of the Catamounts’ athletic program’s, only player had ever been drafted in the first round of a major professional draft: basketball player Larry Killick was selected 10th overall in the 1947 NBA draft.
So sixty years later give or take, New England Revolution player Brian Wright is in pretty elite club in UVM history. Not only being drafted but also being taken in the first round.
The fact that Wright is staying fairly close to his school and also his home of Ajax, ON (a suburb of Toronto) is a bonus.
“I’m very happy about that,” Wright told 101.3 ESPN earlier this week. “It feels like I’m still at home basically, because UVM has become my home the last four years.”
Wright also talked about his experience in LA at the MLS SuperDraft Combine including the training schedule, the interviews with MLS teams and signing a contract before the draft. Wright also said he will complete his final class through an online program based in Canada and will complete his degree this semester.
Wright was also the focus of a weekly spot for UVM Athletics’ Catamount weekly:
Wright getting drafted was such a big deal it lead this segment over former UVM hockey player Martin St. Louis having his number retired by the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL. Though to be fair, St. Louis went undrafted by the NHL coming out of college (which was a bad job by everyone in the hockey ranks), Wright is currently carrying that same banner for the UVM soccer program.
We’ll see how much of an impact Wright will have in his rookies season as the Revs begin preseason next week.