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Michael Wright
Michael Wright

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Chicago, Ill.

High School:
Farragut Academy

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 238

Position:
F

Experience:
3L

General: An early entrant into the 2001 NBA Draft ... One of college basketball's finest and most physical power forwards ... Wright was Arizona's leading rebounder in each of his three seasons in Tucson ... Was one of 22 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award as a sophomore and junior ... A third team Associated Press All-American in 2001 ... Tenacious and physical power forward who was an All-Pacific-10 Conference first team member in 2000 and 2001, as well as a Freshman All-American and the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 1998-99... His presence in the post with the skills of Loren Woods at center gave UA one of the most dominant front lines in the college game... Played hard on every possession... Was the only member of the team to start every game in each of the last two seasons Started 94 straight games to close his college career ... Was a member of the USA Basketball Men's Select Team in the summer 2000 ... An active player on both ends of the floor... Left-handed... Good scorer and rebounder who, as a high school freshman, was a teammate of Minnesota Timberwolves' forward Kevin Garnett... Came from one of the top high school programs in the country and has played against top-flight competition throughout his career.

2000-01 (Junior): A third-team Associated Press All-American ... An all-Pac-10 Conference player ... Averaged 11.3 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting .614 in NCAA Tournament play ... Selected as one of 15 contenders for the Naismith Player of the Year Award and a finalist for the Wooden Award ... An ESPN.com third-team All-America selection ... Earned All-America kudos from College Hoops Insider ... Finished his Arizona career ranked on the following charts: 11th in career scoring (1,491), fourth in career free throws made (436), fifth in career rebounds (832), tied for fifth in career field goal percentage (.575), fifth in career free throws attempted (582), fifth in single-season free throws made (157, 2001) ... The anchor of the frontcourt, Wright was Arizona's most consistent player this season ... An NABC second team all-District 15 selection ... Voted co-Most Valuable Player by UA teammates ... Led the team with 7.8 rpg and 59.4 FG percentage marks ... A second-team all-Pac-10 pick by The Sporting News ... Finished with 34 career double-doubles ... A John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top-30 pick ... Earned Maui Invitational MVP honors with averages of 16.3 points and 13.7 rebounds in the three games ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Nov. 27 for his efforts in Maui and vs. Purdue ... Closed the season with his ninth double-double, a 10-point, 11-rebound effort vs. Duke in the National Championship game vs. Duke on 4/2 and equaled a career high with two blocks ... Held without a shot for the fist time in his career and grabbed just two boards in the Regional Final vs. Illinois on 3/25 ... Posted 10 points and seven rebounds vs. Mississippi on 3/23 ... Hit 5-of-6 shots from the floor en route to 14 points and five rebounds vs. Butler on 3/18 ... Opened the NCAA Tournament with 17 points and eight boards vs. Eastern Illinois on 3/16 ... Scored 20 points and added five rebounds on 3/10 at California ... Hit the game-winning FG with three seconds to go at Stanford on 3/8 to go en route to 14 points and eight rebounds ... Registered 18 points, six rebounds and a career-high four steals on 3/3 vs. Oregon ... Finished with 13 points, four boards and two steals on 3/1 vs. Oregon State ... Registered his eighth double-double (15 pts./12 reb.) including 9-of-11 FTs ... Tallied his seventh 20-point game this year with 23 points (9-of-13 FG) to go with eight boards on 2/17 at USC ... Scored eight points and added seven boards on 2/15 at UCLA ... Registered 10 points, seven boards and an assist on 2/10 vs. Washington State ... Posted game-high totals of 20 points and 11 rebounds on 2/8 vs. Washington ... Collected his sixth double-double of the year with game-high totals of 20 points and 11 rebounds at Oregon State on 2/3 ... Scored 18 points and added a game-high 14 rebounds (10 offensive) on 2/1 at Oregon ... Bounced back with 16 points and nine rebounds on 1/27 vs. Texas ... Collected nine points and seven boards vs. Arizona State on 1/24 ... Tallied 10 points, four boards and a block on 1/20 vs. UCLA ... Scored 13 points and equaled a season-high with two steals vs. USC on 1/18 ... Posted his fourth double-double of the year (29th career) with a game-high 26 points and 10 boards at Washington on 1/13 ... Tallied 17 points, seven boards and a career-high two blocks on 1/11 vs. Washington State ... Scored 14 points on 1/6 vs. Stanford, but registered a career-low one rebound ... Tallied a career-high 28 points (11-of-13 FGs) to go with eight boards and two steals on 1/4 vs. California ... Held to less than double figures for the first time this season (6 pts.) vs. Mississippi State on 12/30, but grabbed a team-high seven boards ... Scored 16 points (5-of-6 FG) and grabbed eight boards vs. Butler on 12/28 ... Collected his first block of the year to go with 13 points and nine boards vs. LSU on 12/20 ... Posted game-high totals of 21 points and seven boards on 12/16 vs. Illinois ... Registered his third double-double this season with game-high totals of 18 points (4-of-6 FG/10-of-11FT) and 10 boards on 12/9 at Connecticut ... Scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and added four boards in just 22 minutes vs. Saint Mary's on 12/2 ... Pounded Gonzaga on 11/29 with a season-high 25 points and eight boards, while shooting 7-of-12 FG and 11-13 FT ... Hit 7-of-11 shots en route to 18 points on 11/25 vs. Purdue to go with a game-high nine rebounds ... Just missed his third straight double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds in the win over No. 8 Illinois on 11/22 ... Poured in 18 points and grabbed 13 boards vs. Dayton on 11/21 ... Set a Maui Invitational record with 19 boards (a career high) in the season opener vs. Chaminade on 11/20 to go with 15 points.

1999-00 (Sophomore): All-Pac-10 First Team performer after leading the team in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and finishing second on the team in scoring (15.5 ppg)... Shot 56.9 percent from the floor, second in the Pac-10 and became just the second sophomore to score 500 or more points in a season, finishing the season with a team-high 526 points... Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American... USBWA District 9 and NABC District 15 first team... Basketball Times All-West Region honoree and Basketball News All-West Region second team... Led the conference with 13 double-doubles, bringing his career total to 25 in 63 games... Led the Wildcats with 20 points and seven boards in the win over Stanford in McKale Center... Scored 15 and pulled down eight boards two nights later against Cal... Scored a career-high 28 points at Oregon... Was 9-of-14 from the floor and 10-of-10 from the free throw line against the Ducks... Had a double-double at Oregon State, scoring 20 points and grabbing a season-high 15 rebounds, while playing a career-high 42 minutes in the Wildcats' overtime loss... Named Pac-10 player of the week after averaging 17.5 ppg and 11.5 rpg in wins over Brigham Young and Texas... Matched a then-career-high 14 rebounds in a win over Arizona State to go with 16 points... In Arizona's two wins over USC and UCLA in Tucson, he averaged 21.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, shot 17-of-26 (65.4%) from the field and was 8-of-8 from the line... Scored 20 and had 14 boards in the win over USC... Was 8-of-11 shooting in the game, and six of his rebounds were off the offensive glass... Had 22 points and six boards in the home win against the Bruins... In the second game of the season, Wright notched a then-career-high 24 points to go with 13 rebounds against New Mexico State in the Preseason NIT Second Round... Scored game highs in the wins over Oregon and Oregon State in Tucson, scoring 20 and 22, respectively against the teams... Poured in 22 points and had 11 boards in the Preseason NIT semifinal against Notre Dame... 16 points and 13 rebounds at Texas... 14 and 10 against Connecticut.

1998-99 (Freshman): Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after finishing fifth in the conference in rebounding, 15th in scoring and third in field goal percentage... Arizona's third Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, joining Sean Elliott (1985-86) and Mike Bibby (1996-97)... Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 team... A Freshman All-America selection by The Sporting News, Basketball News and College Hoops Insider... His rebounding average of 8.8 rpg was fourth in the Pac-10 and the best ever for a Pac-10 freshman... His scoring average of 13.9 ppg was No. 15 in the conference... Led all Pac-10 freshmen in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage (55.6%), free throw percentage (73.6%) and minutes played (27.3 mpg)... In a conference games only, he had a field goal percentage is 58.4%... Averaged 8.8 rpg in Pac-10 play, the fourth-best average for league games... Led or tied for the team-high in rebounding a team-high 16 times... In three of the five games in which he didn't score in double figures, he had nine points... The other two, at Stanford and at home against Washington State, he was plagued by foul trouble and only played a total of 18 minutes in those two outings... Career-high 22-point night against Arizona State in Tucson... Also grabbed nine rebounds and was 8-of-10 from the floor... Matched his point output with 22 against USC in Tucson... Also led the team with 13 rebounds that night... In the NCAA Tournament against Oklahoma, scored 16 points to go with 12 boards... Team's high scorer twice - ASU in Tucson and at Brigham Young (21 points)... 13 games in which he had a field goal percentage of 60% or better.. His best performance was at New Mexico, when he scored 15 points and pulled down a career-best 17 rebounds... He had 12 boards in the first half, a total that was three short of a UA record for rebounds in a half... At Washington State, he had five rebounds in the first 2:42 of the game... Finished with a game-high 15 boards on the day... Had nine points and just missed yet another double-double... An excellent free throw shooter, he hit all 10 of his attempts in the win at Oregon... Was 9-of-10 from the line at BYU and 8-of-9 at UCLA... In Arizona's two exhibitions, he went 16-of-16 from the free throw line.

High School: An All-State performer in Illinois as a senior and finished as the No. 15 player in the country in Bob Gibbons' All Star Sports rating service... Averaged 29.5 ppg and 16 rpg as a senior and was named to the Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune's All-State teams... Was an honorable mention high school All-America selection by USA Today... Led Farragut Academy to a 21-7 record as a senior... Also named to the Illinois State High School Association's All-State team... Played in the Kentucky Derby Classic after his senior season... Chicago Tribune High School Player of the Month for February... Played for head coach William Nelson at Farragut Academy.

Wright, Michael

Total 3-Point Rebounds Year GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off-Def Tot Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg 1998-99 29-25 791/27.3 135-243 .556 0-2 .000 134-182 .736 103-151 254 8.8 68-1 8 47 13 12 404/13.9 1999-00 34-34 1059/31.1 190-334 .569 1-1 1.000 145-203 .714 97-200 297 8.7 62-1 21 67 5 20 526/15.5 2000-01 36-36 1004/27.9 202-340 .594 0-3 .000 157-197 .797 119-162 281 7.8 85-0 11 63 10 20 561/15.6 TOTAL 99-95 2854/28.8 527-917 .575 1-6 .167 436-582 .749 319-513 832 8.4 215-2 40 177 28 52 1491/15.1


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