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Michael Wright Earns Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week Honors
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 27, 2000
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TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona men's basketball player Michael Wright was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Wright, a 6-foot-7 forward from Chicago, Ill., averaged 16.8 points and 12.5 rebounds in UA's four games last week. He earned Maui Invitational MVP honors after posting averages of 16.3 points and 13.7 rebounds in the three-game tournament, including two double-doubles. In the season opener vs. Chaminade, Wright tallied 15 points and a Maui Invitational-record 19 boards. He followed that with 18 points and 13 rebounds in the win over Dayton and totaled 16 points and nine rebounds vs. No. 8 Illinois. He closed the week with 18 points (on 7-of-11 FG shooting) and nine boards last Saturday against Purdue.

The two double-doubles moved his career total to 27, which ranks sixth nationally among active college players. Wright ranks third on the team with a 52.3 field goal percentage and second with an 84.0 percent free throw percentage. He has grabbed no fewer than nine rebounds in any game this season.

The junior is the first Pac-10 player to be so honored this season. It is the second time in his career that Wright has earned Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honors.

Wright and the fifth-ranked Wildcats (3-1) return to action on Wed., Nov. 29, as the squad hosts Gonzaga. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. MST.

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