Hoyas’ Rubylee Wright has a love for hoops and art

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Georgetown senior point guard Rubylee Wright walked into the athletic office wearing a handmade sweatshirt with “GBMS” scrolled across the chest.

“It means ‘God Bless My Success,’ ” said a smiling Wright, who explained that her brother, Jermichael, coined the phrase and made the sweatshirt as a gift.

As the youngest of two girls and four boys, Wright beamed as she talked about her family and their pick-up games in the backyard growing up in South Carolina.

“I would sit and watch and couldn’t wait to play. … I wanted to be just like my brothers.”

In addition to her favorite sport, Wright inherited another interest from Jermichael, who works as a tattoo artist at Elite Ink.This hobby does not involve a net or a court, but rather a blank page and a pen.

Point guard Rubylee Wright, hitting the floor in a game against LSU, holds Georgetown's career record for assists. She's averaging 4.7 per game. (Associated Press)

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“[My brother] draws all of the time. I used to draw, and he’d be like, ‘That looks so good!’ When really it was the worst picture in the world.”

Having enrolled in an art class at Georgetown, Wright shared her latest pieces with her brother.

Upon seeing the work, Wright’s brother jokingly said, “I used to tell you that you were good, but you were terrible. You actually can draw now, I don’t know what happened!”

Wright’s creativity gave the former shooting guard an edge when coach Terri Williams-Flournoy transitioned the scorer, who averaged 20.4 points her senior year at Latta High School, to point guard for the Hoyas, for whom she averages 7.1 points.

“When [Wright] came here, we had to teach her how to be point guard and take away from her scoring,” Williams-Flournoy said. “She bought into that, she learned how to run a team, and she did it extremely well.”

Wright recalls the transition as being difficult, saying it felt like she “couldn’t play anymore.”

“I had to get everybody set up, and being a freshman was one of the hardest things because I had to take care of a senior … It was harder than I thought it was going to be.”

With a natural ability to see situations develop on the court, Wright began to love the new position. Now in her fourth year at point guard, she recently broke the Georgetown record for career assists with 472.

“Normally, I hear coach call the plays, but if I feel like something will work, she’s given me the OK to let me work. The head coach and the point guard are the two leaders on the team, so we have to trust each other and trust each other’s decisions at that moment,” Wright said.

As the keeper of the 30-plus plays that make up the Georgetown playbook, Wright acts as a resource for her teammates when they need reminding about which route to run.

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