Just before Villanova defeated North Carolina to claim the NCAA National Championship, Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski wondered if this would be the year head coach Jay Wright finally jumps from the Wildcats to the NBA.
“If the Wildcats manage to beat North Carolina on Monday night – and maybe even if they don’t – the pull on Wright to leave Villanova for the NBA will be more powerful than it was then,” Sielski wrote. The “then” he’s refering to is 2009, when Wright contemplated taking the 76ers head coach job after leading Villanova to the Final Four, ultimately losing to North Carolina.
This year, Villanova defeated North Carolina for the National Champtionship, and almost instantly Wright has reportedly emerged as the top candidate of the Phoenix Suns, according to Sirus XM host and long-time NBA columnist Mitch Lawrence.
The Suns are bound to be one of many NBA teams that try to entice Wright to give up his position at Villanova, something he’s resisted for the better part of a decade. So with a National Championship in hand, will this be the year he finally makes the leap to the pros?
“I don’t think so,” Wright told Angelo Cataldi in an appearance on the WIP Morning Show prior to Friday’s championship parade in Philadelphia. “I love my job here, I really do.”
Cataldi pressed Wright, asking, “You wouldn’t even listen?”
“I hope not,” Wright repeated, noting that he hopes he doesn’t even have to entertain any offers.
“I’m very happy here and I’m well taken care of at Villanova,” Wright said. The Bucks County native added he and his family love living in Philadelphia, and didn’t take for granted the fact he ended up coaching a team where he grew up, a rarity in sports.
“To be able to do this here, in Philadelphia, to me is a dream,” Wright said.