Monica Wright Kevin Durant [PHOTOS]: WNBA Player Confirms Engagement; Who is She?
on Jul 08, 2013 09:18 AM EDT
The news of Kevin Durant's engagement to girlfriend, Monica Wright, sent Twitter into a frenzy on Sunday, with many fans wondering about the lucky lady's background.
Monica, 24, is a WNBA player, who plays for the Minnesota Lynx. She attended the University of Virginia and was selected second overall by the Lynx in the 2010 WNBA Draft.
According to Monica's personal site, www.monicawright22.com, she was born in San Antonio to parents, Garry and Lynette Wright. Her father, Garry, retired from the Air Force.
Monica ran track when she was younger, following in the footsteps on her brother, Gerald. She also swam and played soccer. Basketball was her most passionate sport, because she knew it was her best option to attend college.
"I made it a goal of mine to make it easy on my parents for me to go to college," Monica said. "I thought, 'If I can make it in basketball, I can get a scholarship.' I wanted to get a full scholarship, and I thought basketball was the best way."
Mediatakeout was one of the first publications to report the news of the engagement. The site also obtained a picture of Wright's engagement ring. The couple got engaged on July 6.
Durant, 24, who plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder, previously said he wanted a relationship like the characters "Quincy" and "Monica" from the 2000 blockbuster movie, Love & Basketball.
"Maybe I need a basketball playing girlfriend...hmm lol...monica wright where r u(love and basketball," he tweeted in 2011.
Speaking about their relationship back in May, Monica said she has known Durant for quite some time.
"A lot of it has to do with basketball," Monica added. "That's how we've known each other. But he's helped me, coached me. He's actually a type of player I want to be like."
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