Phoenix Pulse’s top gun Matthew Wright has been performing superbly as of late.
The 28-year old Fil-Canadian has recently been chosen by the PBA Press Corps as the league’s Player of the Week for the period of June 24 to June 30 for leading the Fuel Masters to crucial back-to-back wins against NorthPort and Brgy. Ginebra to improve its record to an even 4-4 going into the telling stage of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination round.
Wright averaged a scorching 30 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists in those 2 victories to emerge as unanimous choice for the weekly plum.
For the ongoing conference, the 2-time PBA All-Star has suited up in all of his team’s 8 games is currently averaging 21.38 points on 41% shooting from the field, 38% from 3-point country, 3.63 rebounds and 5.13 assists in 36 minutes of play.
These figures, apparently, convinced Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao to give Wright a spot on the national team training pool for the upcoming FIBA World Cup in China.
“Si Matthew part na ng pool,” said Guiao shortly after squad’s Thursday practice at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City.
“I guess his games just speak for themselves. He was really playing well, he’s shooting well. And of course, we understand that we have to have as many good shooters as we can sa team,” he added.
Upon learning of the development, Wright wasted no time in confirming his willingness to be a part of the team once again.
“They got a text message to me to come into the pool, so I was excited,” exclaimed the 2018 PBA Mythical Second Team member.
“Having an opportunity to get to represent the Philippines and play in a tournament like the World Cup, you don’t say no to it,” he added.
Wright, who was left out by Guiao in the group that competed in the 2nd round of the Asian Qualifiers, is simply overjoyed at the thought of representing the nation once more.
“I’m just happy to be here. I understand, you know, the situations before or whatnot, but just the fact that they trust me to bring me back, it definitely gives me the confidence to just go out there and play my game.”