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Wright Named Finalist for Wooden Player-of-the-Year Award
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/05/2001
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TUCSON, Ariz. -– Arizona men's basketball player Michael Wright was named one of 20 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award. The honor is given to college basketball player of the year.

Wright, a 6-foot-7, 238-pound forward from Chicago, Ill., leads Arizona with averages of 16.4 points and 8.3 rebounds, while shooting 59.3 percent from the field. He leads all active Pacific-10 Conference players with 33 career double-doubles and has eight to his credit this season. Wright ranks second in the Pac-10 in rebounding, fourth in field goal percentage, sixth in scoring and earned league player-of-the-week honors on Nov. 27. In his 91-game career, Wright has amassed 1,389 points and 783 rebounds.

Joining Wright on the Wooden Award ballot is (listed alphabetically): Shane Battier (Duke), Charlie Bell (Michigan State), Cory Bradford (Illinois), Michael Bradley (Villanova), Casey Calvary (Gonzaga), Jarron Collins (Stanford), Reggie Evans (Iowa), Joseph Forte (North Carolina), Udonis Haslem (Florida), Brendan Haywood (North Carolina), Casey Jacobsen (Stanford), Jason Kapono (UCLA), Mike Kelley (Wisconsin), Troy Murphy (Notre Dame), Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky), Jason Richardson (Michigan State), Preson Shumpert (Syracuse), Frank Williams (Illinois) and Jason Williams (Duke).

The winner of the Wooden Player-of-the-Year Award will be announced on Friday, April 7, as part of the 25th annual Wooden Awards program.

Wright was also one of three Wildcat players to earn all-District 15 accolades from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He was a second team honoree in voting by member coaches of the NABC.

Sophomore Gilbert Arenas was a first team NABC all-District 15 selection. The 6-foot-3, 188-pound guard from North Hollywood, Calif., is averaging 16.3 points and 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 28 games this season. He leads the team in scoring in Pac-10 play (17.8 ppg) and is shooting 46.2 percent from three-point range.

Senior Loren Woods was a second team NABC all-District 15 honoree as well. The 7-foot-1, 244-pound center from St. Louis, Mo., is averaging 12.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. He leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots per game and shoots 49.5 percent from the floor.

The eighth-ranked Wildcats (21-7 overall, 13-3 Pac-10) are next in action on Thursday, March 8, at No. 1 Stanford. The game is scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. MST tip-off and will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.

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