After winning the National Championship in thrilling fashion, Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright has shown that he is one of the top coaches in the country. Wright helped lead 'Nova to the title after back to back years of not making it past the Round of 32. Now he has received interest from the NBA.
According to multiple reports, Wright is head candidate for the Phoenix Suns job. The Suns are currently 21-58 on the year and have a good young core of players such as Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, and Alex Len. But they fell on hard times this year and took a step back when many thought that this could be the year we see the Suns sneak into the playoffs. A poor start to the season saw head coach Jeff Hornacek lose his job and he was replaced by Earl Watson.
Even after a bad year, the Suns still have a great group of players with Booker and Bledsoe leading the way. With a top three pick coming in this draft, Phoenix would look like an interesting opening to any candidate. Although it could be possible that Wright would at least talk to the Suns, don't expect him to jump to Phoenix.
This isn't the first time that Jay Wright has talked to an NBA team. He talked to the Philadelphia 76ers back in 2009 but chose to stay at Villanova. It could be likely that he does that as well.
He just came off a national championship with Villanova and they will be one of the top teams in the Big East next year. The Wildcats have developed into one of the top programs in the country and has produced some pretty solid players while Wright has been coach. Wright could easily take advantage of his recent success by jumping to the NBA but that might not be the best move because it's a very complicated move, especially for college coaches. Considering the struggles of rookie head coaches from college in the NBA this year (Fred Hoiberg) Wright might not be comfortable moving to the big leagues. Wright would make a good coach in the NBA but the situation has to be right. The roster has to fit the style that Wright wants to play or he will struggle.
It's good to see Jay Wright get national attention at the pro level considering the success he has had at the college level. But he's in a very good position right now and is coming off a national championship. The NBA looks really appealing but right now, expect Wright to stick with 'Nova.