Hofstra’s Justin Wright-Foreman talks about the chip on his shoulder after Sixers predraft workout
Wright-Foreman was the nation's second-leading scorer this past season, averaging 27.1 points.
Justin Wright-Foreman is hoping to follow a path similar to one that fellow Hofstra product Speedy Claxton took, although that won’t be easy.
Wright-Foreman, a guard and two-time Colonial Athletic Association player of the year, was among six players the 76ers hosted for a predraft workout Monday morning at their Camden practice facility.
Also working out were 6-foot-8 forward Oshae Brisett from Syracuse, 6-8 forward CJ Ellerby of Washington State, 6-5 guard Andrew Nembhard from Florida, 6-5 guard Ronshad Shabazz from Appalachian State,, and 6-8 forward Tres Tinkle of Oregon State.
The Sixers have the 24th pick of the first round and four second-round selections (Nos. 33, 34, 42 and 54).
Claxton is a 2000 graduate of Hofstra, where he scored 2,015 points. In 2000, Claxton was a first-round draft choice of the Sixers, and in 2003, he played for the NBA-champion San Antonio Spurs. He is entering his seventh season on the Hofstra coaching staff, including his sixth as an assistant.
Claxton gave the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Wright-Foreman some key advice before he began his predraft workouts.
“He told me be tough, be level-headed, be able to listen, stay humble, and be a worker like I have always been,” Wright-Foreman said. “Trusting the process, that is what Joel Embiid says, and he [Claxton] used to say it to me all the time.”
Wright-Foreman scored 2,327 points in college and as a senior was second in the nation in scoring, averaging 27.1 points.
He says he has a chip on his shoulder after not playing for one of the Power 5 conferences.
“I definitely do, especially being from Hofstra University, which is a mid-major school,” he said. “I am out to show that I can play with the big boys and that the CAA is really nothing to play with.”
Because of his size, Wright-Foreman projects as a point guard, but he said that he could be a combo guard and that he played off the ball a lot for Hofstra.
“I think he makes enough shots and is smart enough that he could play off the ball,” said Vince Rozman, the Sixers’ senior director of scouting. “He’s tough enough that if you need to make him switch every now and then, he can do it.”
Wright-Foreman, who averaged 33 points in two wins this season against Drexel, said he has had a predraft workout with Boston and will head to Minnesota after his time with the Sixers. He said there will be other workouts well before the June 20 NBA draft.