- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 5, 2012

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.

“[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.

“[My teammates will] come to me and be like, ‘Rub, what’s this play right here, what am I doing,” and I draw it up before we go out.”

Much like her ability to call plays according what’s transpiring on the court, Wright draws when overcome with inspiration.

“If I have a moment, and I feel like I want to draw, I draw,” said Wright. “I draw on the plane, on the bus. … I just pull my notepad out.”

The only two people with the privilege to see Wright’s drawings are her brother and teammate Tia Magee.

Wright’s love for her family and her teammates have given her the perfect ingredients to play at the point: creativity, whether it be with a pen or a playbook, skill, after countless hours spent in the backyard, and a love for the game, a game that she describes as “something crazy.”

“Basketball gives you a feeling that not too many things do. When something happens and you hear the crowd, you get this feeling inside. I can’t even describe it, but it’s something crazy.”

With “God Blass My Success” blanketing her chest, Wright pondered her future after graduation and said, “[Besides basketball,] I honestly can’t even see anything else.”

“Me and Tia talk about that all of the time. We both decided we’re still going to play for a little while longer.”

As a testament to Wright’s passion for the sport, Williams-Flournoy said, “Rubylee’s just amazing. [She] plays with her heart.”



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