The league held its 18th annual draft via teleconference from the League Office in Connecticut on April 16. A total of 73 players were taken in the eight-round draft. Wright was taken with the first pick in the third round (20th overall) while Coleman was the eighth pick in the fourth round (36th overall)
Wright, a 6-9, 275-pound center, ended his career on a high note, matching his career high with 20 points, while grabbing five rebounds vs. eventual national champion Syracuse on March 9. For the season, Wright averaged 5.5 ppg. and 3.7 rpg. A four-year letterwinner, Wrgiht was named the team’s Most Improved Player at the team’s post-season banquet.
Coleman, a 6-2, 190-pound guard, had a tremendously productive two-year at Rutgers after transferring from Cecil Community College in Maryland. Coleman led the Scarlet Knights in scoring each of his two seasons, averaging 16.8 ppg. as a junior and 16.0 ppg. this past season. He scored 971 career points (35th all-time at Rutgers). As a junior, he set the school-record for 3-pointers made and attempted, while finishing his career with 171 career three-pointers made (4th all-time) and 111 steals (tied for 15th all-time). Coleman was named the team’s Co-MVP at the team’s post-season banquet.
Wright and Coleman were two of eight BIG EAST players that were selected. The other BIG EAST draft choices were: Anthony Glover, St. John’s (first round), Justin Brown of Connecticut (third round), Terry Taylor of Virginia Tech (fourth round), Kueth Duany of Syracuse (fifth round), Troy Bell of Boston College (fifth round) and James Jones of Miami (seventh round).