SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — The mysterious disappearance of former Lafayette High basketball standout Lorenzen Wright has unfortunately been solved by Memphis area police officers.Wright, who has been missing for over a week, was found dead today in a wooded area located in Southeast Memphis, according to information provided by police and the Commercial Appeal newspaper. Wright, 34, played his first three years of high school basketball at Lafayette under the direction of coach Mike Foster, Lafayette’s current school superintendent, before moving to play his senior season in Memphis.
“Lorenzen was just a great indiviudal, a great person and I’m saddened by the news of his death,” Foster said. “I hate it for him, for his family. He was a Commodore and will always be a Commodore. I’m really at a loss for words.”
LHS athletics director Jeff Nelson taught Wright in the first grade when he attended the Oxford School District. Nelson was also saddened to hear about Wright’s passing.
“I will always remember his smile and how good hearted he was,” Nelson said.
Wright went on to play college ball at Memphis before eventually landing in the NBA and playing for such teams as the L.A. Clippers, Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies.
Futher details about Wright’s death will be available in Thursday’s EAGLE. No information about funeral services have been made available. (July 28, 2010)