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Boys Varsity Basketball · Despite season-ending injury, former ND standout Kobe Wrice sets high goals


Kobe Wrice, who played last season at Blinn JC, drives to the basket.

Kobe Wrice, the 2015 North Dallas High basketball standout, has hopes of winning a “national championship” one day,  but right now, he’s trying to heal from a stress fracture.

Wrice, who played at Blinn Junior College last year, is attending Southwestern Assemblies of God University this semester in Waxahachie. He played in two games this season and now has been ruled out for the season because of injury.

“Kobe has a stress fracture in his leg and is out for the season this year, and will receive a medical redshirt,” Delton Deal, the SAGU basketball coach, said in an email from the SAGU information office.

“I’m doing good. And yeah I’m out,” Kobe said in an email on Saturday. “It’s my left shin & I think it happen sometime at Blinn. I told the trainers about it there but they really didn’t care. And I have no idea how it happened.”

Former North Dallas standout Kobe Bryant Wrice visits with North Dallas basketball coaches Eric Gracia (left) and Jeremy Mason at the homecoming game in October.

Kobe was at the North Dallas homecoming game in October, and talked about his fresh start at SAGU.

“Everything is going good. It’s a breeze,” Kobe said, speaking about SAGU. “Real Christian like … playing basketball.”

Asked about his goals, Kobe said, “Hopefully, to win a national championship. That’s my biggest goal right now. To put my head in the books, stay out of trouble.”

SAGU is 9-5 overall and 3-3 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. The Lions play their next three games at home in Waxahacie, starting at 8 p.m. Thursday vs. Bacone College, followed by a 3 p.m. game Jan. 13 against John Brown University and an 8 p.m. game Jan. 15 against Texas Wesleyan.

Kobe played in the first two games, scoring 6 points against Southwest Adventist and 8 points against Dallas Christian. He also went 8 of 8 from the free throw line. Kobe said everybody plays multiple positions at SAGU

“We move at a fast pace, pass the ball,” Kobe said of his playing time. “Sort of like the Golden State Warriors.

“It’s fun. But it can have its ups and downs.”

Kobe, a 6-5 guard/forward, watched the Bulldogs defeat Sunset 28-0 in the homecoming game. He visited with basketball coaches Jeremy Mason and Eric Gracia at halfitme.

“I want to come out and support my old high school and see how everybody is doing,” he said. “[I] caught up with some old coaches and they’re doing pretty good.”

He credited former North Dallas basketball coach Brett Cole with helping him go to college.

“He played an important role in me going to college so I appreciate him,” Kobe said.

 

Kobe Wrice’s family had some fun with Kobe at a North Dallas game.

 

Kobe Wrice, then a North Dallas senior, dunked the ball during an Orange and White event in the boys gym.