Athlete of the Week: Kameren Wright, Olympia boys basketball

Kameren Wright is giving Olympia boys basketball what it needs to make a deep playoff push

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A transfer from Gainesville, Olympia High’s Kameren Wright is a 6-foot-6 wing, four-star prospect who has a tight handle, good footwork and a smooth jump shot to go along with his insane athleticism and frame. He currently holds offers from a handful of schools, including Missouri, Oklahoma State and Tennessee. 

Age: 18
Sport: Basketball
Grade: Senior
School: Olympia High


How does it feel to be named Athlete of the Week?

It feels good to be named Athlete of the Week. I am very thankful, but there is still a goal to be accomplished.

What do you like the most about playing basketball? Why?

I love everything about the game of basketball. I love the ups and downs of the game, and the lessons that can be learned from the game of basketball, such as perseverance and hard work. 

What are your goals for this season — for yourself and the team?

My main goals for this season are to win state and to see every senior on the team sign to a college.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned from the basketball?

The biggest lesson I learned because of basketball is that if you take short-cuts now, you’ll pay the price later.

Who is your favorite basketball player? What about their play do you like?

Kevin Durant is my favorite player, because his ability to score the basketball is like no other, and (he) is undeniably unstoppable.

Who do you try to model your game after?

I don’t try to model my game after anyone, really. I just try to maximize my talent in all aspects of the game.

Favorite basketball memory?

There are a lot of great memories, but one great memory would be winning the PRO16 championship.

What is your go-to pregame meal?

Chicken and rice (is my) go-to pregame meal. 

What is your favorite non-basketball hobby?

Hanging out with my friends, watching movies or just relaxing at home. 

What is your favorite subject in school?

Math, because when I finally get the hang of what I’m learning, it’s like the best feeling ever. 

What are three things you would take with you to a deserted island? Why?

Phone, hunting weapon, flare gun. I need something to do when I’m bored, so that’s where the phone comes into play. I don’t want to starve to death, and I need protection against the wild animals, so that’s where the hunting weapon comes into play. A flare gun, because if I see a plane or something, I can use that so they can rescue me.

What is your favorite movie? Why?

“Coach Carter,” because it’s just the best basketball movie ever and teaches you that your actions have consequences. It’s up to you if it’s good or bad, and I like how high coach Carter set the standards for his players.

If you could go back in time to a specific period in history, when and where would you go? Why?

1980s in New York, because the ’80s (were) pretty cool.

Looking back, what piece of advice would you give your 10-year-old self?

Pain is temporary.

Who is your favorite superhero? Why?

The Flash, because with super speed, you can really do anything and defeat anyone. He basically has the most power and capability with just his super speed.

Who is your favorite supervillain? Why?

Joker, because I like his origin story.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Super speed, because you have so many abilities that automatically come with super speed, such as traveling through time, changing the past or future, invisibility, make lightning bolts go through people’s bodies, etc.

If you could travel to three places in the world, where would you go and why? 

Jamaica, Dubai and a country in Africa. Dubai, I heard is very wealthy, and Jamaica is really beautiful. Africa, because it’s the motherland. I have to go to Africa before I die.

If you could be an animal for a day, which one would you be and why?

Lion, because he’s the most feared in the jungle.

Does pineapple belong on pizza?

No. I think pineapple on pizza is crazy. 



Sam Albuquerque

A native of João Pessoa, Brazil, Sam Albuquerque moved in 1997 to Central Florida as a kid. After earning a communications degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, he started his career covering sports as a producer for a local radio station, ESPN 580 Orlando. He went on to earn a master’s degree in editorial journalism from Northwestern University, before moving to South Carolina to cover local sports for the USA Today Network’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, newborn son, Noah, and dog named Skulí.

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