Steven Wright throws down one of his 37 dunks this season.
The 6-foot-3 senior guard led NKU in scoring (16.8 ppg) and
rebounding (5.3 rpg) as the Norse posted a 24-9 record. He
also added a team-leading 54 steals and dished out 106 assists.
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University’s Steven Wright is taking
his high-flying, crowd-pleasing basketball show to New England next
Wright has been
selected to play in the NABC/NCAA Division II All-Star Game on March
23 at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield,
Mass. The 6-foot-3 senior guard will play for the West squad and
is one of 20 players selected for the game, which will begin at
7 p.m. in the MassMutual Center.
Game will be a part of the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, which will
be held March 21, 22 and 24 in Springfield, Mass.
A native of
Dayton, Ohio, Wright earned Great Lakes Valley Conference Player
of the Year honors this season. He averaged 16.8 points and 5.3
rebounds per game this season as NKU posted a 24-9 record and advanced
to the regional championship game.
finished with 37 dunks this season, the second-highest total in
school history and the most ever by a guard. He also led the team
in steals with 54 and dished out 106 assists.
Wright was 62-for-179
from 3-point range and made 46.1 percent of his shots from the field.
The Dayton Colonel White High School product also made 77.6 percent
of his free throws and led NKU in scoring 15 times.
is a great player, an outstanding teammate and an even better person,
and he deserves this honor," NKU head coach Dave Bezold said.
"I don't know if anyone at Northern Kentucky ever had a better
season than Steve just put together, and he's one of the top players
in the nation."
Wright was named to both the GLVC and NCAA Division II Great Lakes
Region All-Tournament teams. He started the season by earning most
outstanding player honors for NKU at the John L. Griffin/Lions Club
three years at Bowling Green State before transferring to NKU this
season. He scored a combined 1,293 points during his college career.
transfers, you keep waiting for the devil to come out and the trouble
to begin because you are afraid they left the previous school for
a reason, but Steve is a class act," Bezold said. "He
came in here from a Division I school and could have balked at listening
to me, but he is humble and allowed me to coach him. Steve is just
a great person and I am very proud of what he has accomplished."
Wright is the
first NKU basketball player to be selected for the All-Star Game,
which features the nation’s top NCAA Division II performers.
The All-Star Game will match an East All-Star Team (with 10 student-athletes
from the NCAA East, Northeast, South and South Atlantic Regions)
against a West All-Star Team (with 10 student-athletes from the
NCAA Great Lakes, North Central, South Central and West Regions).
and coaches selected to participate are:
East All-Star Team
Tyrone Anderson, Concord University
Christian Burns, Philadelphia University
Matt Cooper, Le Moyne College
Andre Dabney, Bloomfield University of Pennsylvania
Antonio Fitzgerald, Saint Augustine's College
Gil Goodrich, Bowie State University
DeMario Grier, Pfeiffer University
Esmir Guzonjic, University of North Alabama
Magen McNeil, American International College
Jason Smith, University of Alabama, Huntsville
David McLaughlin (coach), Stonehill College
Luke Anderson, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Eric Babers, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Dustin Bremerman, Seattle Pacific University
Kevin Johnson, Humboldt State University
Dusty Jura, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Damien Lolar, West Texas A&M University
Frank Phillips, University of Findlay
Ricky Volcy, Northern Michigan University
Zack Whiting, Chaminade University
Steven Wright, Northern Kentucky University
Bill Brown (coach), California University of Pennsylvania
In the inaugural
Division II All-Star Game in 2006, the West All-Star Team defeated
the East All-Stars, 134-122. Ryan Diggs of Western Washington finished
with a game-high 25 points and Franz Steyn of Southwest Baptist
had 18 points and 11 rebounds as the duo earned co-Most Outstanding
Player for the West All-Stars. Tayron Thomas of Philadelphia had
18 points, seven rebounds and five assists to earn MOP honors for
the East All-Star Team.
the second annual NCAA/NABC All-Star Game is free with paid admission
into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. For information
on admission to the Hall of Fame, call 1-877-4HOOPLA (446-6752)
or visit the Hall of Fame web site at www.hoophall.com.