Sophomore forward Moses Wright will look to take on a bigger role in 2018 as he continues his development after playing in 25 games last season.
For Moses Wright, success on the court with Georgia Tech wasn’t going to come right away. As his official Georgia Tech basketball profile says, Wright is a “late-bloomer” prospect. A “stretch-four” type forward, Wright possesses the skillset and athleticism that can allow him to be a threat both in the paint and out closer and to the perimeter. He is still a raw prospect but he’s a raw prospect with a ton of upside, upside that Josh Pastner and the coaching staff hope to tap into next season.
Last season, Wright played in 25 games, making 10 starts and averaging 16.6 minutes per game. Over his 25 games, the Raleigh, North Carolina native averaged 3.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 0.7 assists. At face value, they’re not phenomenal numbers but for a player who came off the bench in most of his appearances, they’re not horrible either.
That being said, when looking at some of his other offensive statistics it paints a picture of a freshman who was having a hard time adjusting to the college game offensively. Wright shot just 30.7% from the field including 39.8% within the perimeter and then a staggeringly low 6.5% from three-point range. Certainly not the numbers you want out of your stretch-four.
Other offensive numbers to keep in my for Wright is that he had an offensive rating of 73.7 (73.7 points per 100 possessions) and his offensive win share was -0.7. The lowest win share of any Yellow Jacket last season.
Defensively, Wright wasn’t tremendous but his stats are more appealing than his offensive stats. For starters, his defensive rating was 101.1, the fourth best on the Yellow Jackets squad last season and the second best of any Tech regular. His defensive win share of 0.7 was the sixth-best on the team.
Where Wright really excelled last year was on the boards. Wright last season had 10 games where he had five or more rebounds. His total rebound percentage of 12.2% was the second highest of any regular last season and only behind do-it-all center Ben Lammers.
This upcoming season, Wright most likely will once again be a regular rotational player who will earn a few starts here and there. I would expect his minutes to go up towards the 20-25 and to see his points, rebounds, and assists inflate with the minutes as well.
Even if Wright continues to struggle offensively going forward he should be able to step on the defensive side and on the boards where he can be a great asset to the Yellow Jackets off the bench in 2018-19.