From left, TC Basketball's Sarah Sullivan, Spencer Richardson of Team B Wright, and John Casale of TC Basketball
One of the most impactful girls youth basketball programs in the Southeast hails from Nashville, Tenn., playing under the banner of Team B Wright.
With two teams sitting right at the top of the TC basketball rankings for Tennessee, Team B Wright is not only delivering value for its players and families but is also sending skilled and tenacious athletes to college programs.
This club program started about 10 years ago under the name Lady Zoom. Four years ago, NBA veteran and Nashville native Brandan Wright decided to get into the youth hoops business, and he attached his name to the club. Wright was the No. 8 overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft out of North Carolina and has played for seven NBA franchises.
Spencer Richardson, program with Team B Wright, visited the Triple Crown home office in mid-June to talk with staffers about how to continue growing the game through TC’s event. The club has six girls teams (for seventh-graders through Rising Seniors) and three youth boys teams, with about 120 athletes in the fold, and runs exposure camps and individual showcases.
Q: How did you get interested in girls basketball?
A: I had the opportunity to see the Music City Madness event around 2010, which was run by Carl Tinsley. I got to see elite girls basketball players and just fell in love with the game, watching them play. I decided the following year to start a team; I had one team and from there it blossomed.
Q: What are the big themes and priorities you make sure parents and players embrace?
A: First and foremost, they have to understand that the classroom comes first. It doesn’t matter how many times they come to the gym and train with me and the coaching staff, or how many tournaments we play in front of college coaches … if their grades aren’t there, then it’s all for nothing. Outside of that, it’s all about hard work and dedication. We’ve thrived on being able to get kids in the gym and take the ones who are average and get them in the habit of working on their game. We take them from being average to being elite basketball players.
Q: You now stand right at the top of the pile in terms of accomplishments and competitiveness in your region. How’s that feel?
A: It feels great. I can remember when I first started, going to some of these tournaments, I would be watching from afar at some of the teams that had publicity going in, and they were the ones that had 40 or 50 coaches watching, and it would be standing-room only. I was like, that’s the stage I want to get to. Eight or nine years later, now we’re that program, along with the other great programs. There wasn’t anything special or magical – I tell people all the time, it’s the kids who make the program. As a coach, we are there to guide them. But once they get on the floor, they are the ones getting college coaches to come watch us play.
Notable Team B Wright players:
Le’jzae Davidson, junior at Furman (13.6 ppg, 32 starts)
Kesha Brady, sophomore at Tennessee Tech (10.5 ppg, 13 starts before injury)
Yaubryon Chambers, 2019 guard, 16 D-I offers
Iyana Moore, 2021 guard, No. 14 ranked guard in her class