HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Assistant men's basketball coach James Wright passed away Wednesday, Alabama A&M officials confirmed.
He was 46 years old.
In a statement issued Wednesday night, AAMU said:
According to his listing on the university's staff directory, Wright came to Huntsville from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He was a graduate of Jackson State.
He was coach, president and general manager of the AAU basketball team "Rise & Shine" from 1993 to 2004. 85 percent of his players from that team went on to play Division I or II, including NBA players Mo Williams and Justin Reed.
"We've lost a great coach, a great man and a great person," said A&M Head Coach Willie Hayes. "I've known him since high school. I've lost a great friend."
Hayes and Athletic Director Bryan Hicks met with the team Wednesday evening.
This was Wright's fourth year with the Bulldogs.