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Posted on Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 8:23 p.m.

Former Michigan forward Anthony Wright transferring to Toledo

By Michael Rothstein

It appears former Michigan basketball forward Anthony Wright is going to end up playing Division I basketball next season after all.

It’ll just be at Toledo instead of Michigan.

The Sterling, Va. native chose Toledo over Detroit after taking unofficial visits to both schools over the weekend. He will have one year of eligibility remaining.

“I just saw a better opportunity at Toledo,” Wright said. “I got a chance to look at both non-conference schedules. Toledo’s is a lot strong and it’s a transition team.

“I really want to impact the team in a positive way. Although it’s a one-year deal, if I impact it in a positive way, then I’ll definitely have my footprint on the program for a lot of years to come.”

Before he can officially make the transition, he must first finish up his spring semester classes at Michigan. Although he walked at graduation, he still has seven credits remaining.

At Toledo, he said he must also pursue a graduate degree program in a major not offered by Michigan.

Wright, who averaged 3.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in three years playing at Michigan, was not extended a scholarship for his fifth year by Michigan.

Toledo went 4-28 last season and fired second-year coach Gene Cross. It replaced him with former Green Bay coach Tod Kowalczyk.

"I felt good about it, just walking around campus, driving around campus, walking through the facility," Wright said. "They actually used the gym as graduation today so I got to see some random high schoolers throw their hats in the air.

"The arena is ridiculous, crazy. It's better than any Big Ten gym I played in. Period. It's up there."

Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan basketball for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by e-mail at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein



Mon, Jun 7, 2010 : 5:02 p.m.

Let's see; should I go to Michigan or Toledo? Gee, that is a tough one. Don't let the door hit ya in the kuester.

Jack Gibbs

Mon, Jun 7, 2010 : 4:07 p.m.

You can't fault Belein. Anthony Wright is more trouble than what he is worth and with all the trouble that he has been getting into and his poor academic performance and athletic performance, it seems that Wright isn't worth keeping around. The scholarship belongs to a kid who is really going to take care of business and be responsible.

Jack Gibbs

Mon, Jun 7, 2010 : 2:56 p.m.

I don't blame Michigan for taking away his scholarship. The guy wasn't performing in the way that he should have and I doubt he will do anything worth mentioning at Toledo. Furthermore, I wonder if he will be taking the girl he impregnated and his child with him or if he is going to be another deadbeat dad. Let's hope he gets his master's so he can start paying some good ol' child support. Good riddance!


Mon, Jun 7, 2010 : 11:39 a.m.

Awww...come on Paula. What did it say??

Paula Gardner

Mon, Jun 7, 2010 : 11:32 a.m.

A comment was just removed that violated our conversation guidelines... on several fronts.

s c

Mon, Jun 7, 2010 : 9:19 a.m.

While I'm happy that Mr Wright has found somewhere to play his final year(and eith his PPG that's a big maybe in at Toledo) let's keep it in perspective as to why he was not offered another year in AA numbers don't lie. Also while he says it's better than any Big 10 arena he's played in that's only been 4 in 3 yrs but while he' in Ohio he can look on his wall at that Diploma with the block M on it..Wright? lol

Elaine F. Owsley

Mon, Jun 7, 2010 : 8:33 a.m.

I'm not really into sports, but his record doesn't sound all that good. Will he be missed enough to deserve this much ink in the sports section?


Mon, Jun 7, 2010 : 5:53 a.m.

I dont know this kid, Did Michigan really pull back its scholarship offer because his PPG averaged in the 1's? Please tell me he had other issues.....


Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 9:29 p.m.

This is something I absolutely abhor about college sports. The kid put sin his time, and the program decides sorry, we won't extend you a scholarship.


Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 8:17 p.m.

Toledo? What does he think this is, football?


Sun, Jun 6, 2010 : 7:58 p.m.

I am glad to see him make the wright decision and play his final season for a winning program.