A man found dead in his SUV under a pile of trash bags in Brooklyn has been identified as a college hoops star once drafted by the Knicks, officials said.
Michael Wright, 35, was found dead of a head wound inside his Lexus SUV in Midwood about 11 a.m. on Tuesday. His body was sprawled in the backseat covered with garbage bags, according to police sources.
Michael Wright, a former Arizona Wildcat who had been drafted by the Knicks and recently was playing overseas, was found dead Tuesday in his SUV in Brooklyn.
An autopsy was scheduled to determine how he died, although a police source said Wright was bipolar and may have taken his own life.
Wright was a forward for the Arizona Wildcats between 1998 and 2000. He was drafted by the Knicks in 2001, but never made it onto the roster, colleagues said.
He ended up joining the overseas basketball circuit and played in Poland, Turkey and France, family members said.
“He left his French team in February and was planning to go back to Europe and play,” Randolph Berry, Wright’s cousin, told the Chicago Sun Times Wednesday. “He wasn’t planning on retiring.”
Wright’s SUV was found on E. 16th St. near Ave. I, officials said. The vehicle had been sitting on the street since Sunday, neighbors said.
The basketball player had been reported missing from Bergen County, N.J., where he was staying in between European gigs.
Wright’s body was discovered inside a white SUV parked on E. 16th St. near Ave. I after he’d been reported missing from New Jersey, officials said.
When cops received the missing man’s license plate, an NYPD vehicle with a license plate reader found the vehicle in Brooklyn, cops said.
The city medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine how Wright died.
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