Arizona's Michael Wright looks to the stands after cutting his share of the net following Arizona's 87-81 win over Illinois in the NCAA Midwest Regional final Sunday, March 25, 2001, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Eric Gay
November 11, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) A former college basketball star from New Jersey has been found slain in the back seat of a vehicle in New York City.

Police say Wednesday that 35-year-old Michael Wright, of Closter, was last seen Nov. 5. His body was found Tuesday morning covered in what appeared to be trash bags in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.

Police had gone to the area to search for him after a request from New Jersey police.

The 6-foot-8 forward played three seasons for the University of Arizona. He was drafted by the New York Knicks in 2001, but was waived before the start of the season.

The medical examiner has ruled Wright's death a homicide. There have been no arrests.


This story has been corrected to show Wright was 6 feet 8 inches, not 6 feet.

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