Ryan Wright (Basketball)

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CitizenshipUnited States of America
OccupationProfessional wheelchair basketball

Ryan Wright is an American professional wheelchair basketball player for the Köln 99ers of the RBBL.[1]


Ryan Wright was born with spina bifida and started playing wheelchair basketball for the Denver Rolling Nuggets of the NWBA Junior Division when he was seven years old[2]. His junior year of high school, he led the Nuggets to a second place finish in the National Championships of the NWBA Junior Division, winning first-team all-tournament for his performance.[3] In October 2012, Wright was selected for the USA U23 team. He attended Parkland College while applying to the University of Illinois, where he was coached by Michael Frogley.[4] While at Parkland, he played for the nearby RHI Pacers, where he played alongside future national team players Steve Serio and Brian Bell.

After Coach Frogley returned to Canada to direct the National Academy of Wheelchair Basketball[5], Wright left Illinois and returned to Colorado to continue playing for the Nuggets, this time as a member of their men's team. He also began coaching youth wheelchair basketball alongside Christina Schwab, an experience he credits as forming him into "the player [he] is today."[3] In 2015, Wright received a text message from one of the players who introduced him to wheelchair basketball who was playing in Germany at the time, recruiting him to play professionally. He moved to Kaiserslautern, Germany to play with the Rolling Devils in the RBBL Division 1.[6] After one season, Wright left to play for Doneck Dolphins Trier, where he would play for four seasons. Wright was part of the initial selection for the USA Senior Men's Team in 2017.[7]

During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany, Trier was forced to delay their season until October 31 and chose not to resume their season after the Christmas break. On the final day of the transfer period, December 31, 2020, Wright transferred to the Rhine River Rhinos of Weisbaden.[3] On July 7, 2021, the Köln 99ers announced Wright's signing.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ryan Wright schließt sich den 99ers an". RBC Köln 99ers. 2021-07-07. Retrieved 2022-01-16.
  2. "Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Episode 2: Ryan Wright, Professional Wheelchair Basketball Player with the Rhine River Rhinos, 2021-03-02, retrieved 2022-01-16
  4. Canada, Wheelchair Basketball. "Mike Frogley". Wheelchair Basketball Canada. Retrieved 2022-01-16.
  5. "Michael Frogley | LinkedIn".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "1.FCK Rolling Devils | Rollstuhlbasketball Kaiserslautern". www.rollingdevils.de. Retrieved 2022-01-16.
  7. "US men's national wheelchair basketball team named". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2022-01-16.

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