Bespectacled Travis Wright stands a shade more than two metres but he knows only too well how quickly people can try to cut one down to size based purely on how one looks.
“With my glasses and all that, people kind of think I don’t play sports or anything,” says Wright with a chuckle, mindful he carries a stature in the mould of former Tall Blacks skipper and current New Zealand men’s assistant coach, Pero Cameron.
But the 19-year-old from Napier not cutting an athletic picture doesn’t necessarily mean individuals don’t have the attributes to make it to the higher echelons of sport.
The excited power forward/centre has secured an American basketball scholarship from Florida National University, in Miami. He jets off on September 13 before his first game for the Conquistadors in October.