Steven Wright makes a move to the basket Friday night during
the NABC/NCAA Division II All-Star Game. Wright scored 13
points and grabbed four rebounds as his West team rallied
for a 97-92 win.
Mass. - As a college basketball player with professional aspirations,
Northern Kentucky University’s Steven Wright enjoyed the opportunity
to compete against some of the nation’s top performers Friday
night during the NABC/NCAA Division II All-Star Game.
an all-star game, so I just wanted to come out, have fun and compete
against some really talented players,” Wright said.
And Wright did
all of that for the West squad, which rallied for a 97-92 win over
the East at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Wright,
the first NKU basketball player ever selected to participate in
the NABC event, finished with 13 points, four rebounds and three
steals in 22 minutes of action.
The West trailed
by 14 points (55-41) at halftime as the East made 52 percent of
its shots from the field. But Wright said he was confident the West
would get back into the game in the second half.
here can play, and (the East) shot 52 percent in the first half,
but I knew we would make a run at them,” he said. “In
the second half, we turned it up on defense, and that’s why
The West, in
fact, limited the East to just 28.3 percent shooting from the field
in the second half. Humboldt State’s Kevin Johnson scored
18 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked four shots en route to
earning most valuable player honors for the West team.
is a talented guy and a good teammate, and he played very well,”
Wright said. “I could have played better, but it was a fun
and much to the fans’ delight, the game included a variety
of powerful, rim-rattling dunks from both squads. So, how many did
Wright - one of the nation’s most exciting dunk artists -
throw down during the wide-open, who-cares-about-defense contest?
At least two
or three, right? Wrong.
Lakes Region standouts Steven Wright (NKU), Ricky Volcy (Northern
Michigan) and Frank Phillips (Findlay) before the game.
get any dunks in this one,” laughed Wright, a 6-foot-3 leaper
who finished with 37 dunks this season, the second-highest total
in school history and the most ever by a guard. He did, however,
bury a pair of 3-point field goals during the first half and scored
eight points before the break. He finished with a trio of 3-pointers
for the game.
a great experience being here, I made a lot of new friendships,
and it was fun hanging around the other players,” Wright said.
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.
week, Wright was named to the NABC/NCAA Division II All-Great Lakes
Region first team. He also earned All-Great Lakes Region honors
from Daktronics, Inc., this season. Wright 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.
the best all-around player in NKU history, will now explore his
professional basketball options.
taking my time right now signing with an agent, and just weighing
all my options,” he said. “I am just working on my game
and staying in shape.”
three years at Bowling Green State before transferring to NKU this
season. He scored a combined 1,293 points during his college career.