stuff (photo courtesy of Toledo Blade)
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.
- Northern Kentucky University has landed another impact player
for next season in guard Steven Wright, and the 6-foot-3 transfer
from Bowling Green State University brings plenty of experience
to the Norse roster.
Wright, a three-year
starter at Bowling Green, averaged 11.4 points per game last season
for the Falcons. In his career at Bowling Green, Wright started
67 games and scored 737 points in three seasons.
A lightning-quick guard,
Wright is also an outstanding leaper whom NKU head coach Dave Bezold
says will entertain the fans in Regents Hall next season.
had a guard like Steven who can steal the ball and go down and dunk
it on a regular basis in a long time. He’s a great athlete
who is quick, and he can really jump,” Bezold said.
“He was a double-figure
scorer at a Division I program, and we are expecting Steven to come
in here and be a great fit for us next season.”
As a sophomore, Wright
started all 29 games at Bowling Green and was third on the team
in scoring (11.1 ppg), second in assists and first in steals. He
had 17 points against DePaul that season, and he also scored 16
points against Bradley.
Wright poured in a career-high
23 points at Toledo and also established a career-best with nine
field goals made in that game.
As a freshman, Wright
played in 29 games and started 26 times. He ranked fifth in the
MAC in assists (4.1) and sixth in steals (1.9). Wright averaged
29.2 minutes per game and contributed 6.5 ppg and 4.2 rebounds as
A 2002 graduate of Dayton
Colonel White High School, Wright was named the Dayton Area Player
of the Year as a senior after averaging 19 points, 10 rebounds and
six assists for the Cougars. He also averaged 21 points, four rebounds
and four assists as a junior.
Wright joins an NKU
recruiting class that includes former Virginia prep standout David
Jefferson, a 6-6, 215-pound forward. University of Dayton transfer
James Cripe, a 7-foot, 255-pound senior, will also join the team
next season as will University of New Mexico transfer Anthony Teague,
a 6-5, 190-pound guard/forward.
Jefferson averaged 21
points, 12 rebounds and 5.5 blocks per game at Lake Taylor High
School in Norfolk, Va., as a junior en route to earning most valuable
player honors in the Eastern District.
Cripe averaged 2.6 points
and 2.2 rebounds in 24 games last season for Dayton. His top game
was a 14-point, six–rebound performance as the Flyers posted
an upset victory at Cincinnati last November.
Teague played in three
games for New Mexico last season. He scored 10 points and grabbed
four rebounds during a 95-42 win against Southeastern Conference
member Mississippi as his best effort at New Mexico. Teague transferred
to New Mexico from Dodge City (Kan.) Community College, where he
averaged 17.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. He also shot 34.5
percent from 3-point range and scored a career-high 35 points against
Labette County Community College.
NKU posted a 17-11 record
last season. The Norse finished second in the GLVC East with a 12-7
Wright action photos courtesy of Nate Parsons, The Toledo Blade)