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McKinley Wright IV Named Pac-12 Player Of The Week

Nov 30, 2020

Pac-12 Player of the Week

BOULDER – University of Colorado senior guard McKinley Wright IV was named the Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week after his season-opening performance at the Little Apple Classic, the league office announced on Monday.

The Pac-12 Player of the Week honor is Wright's third; earned once as a freshman (Jan. 8, 2018) and once as a junior (Jan. 6, 2020). He is one of only three Buffaloes – joining Chauncey Billups and Askia Booker – to earn three conference Player of the Week honors in his career.

Wright, a native of North Robbinsdale, Minn., averaged 22.0 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in wins over South Dakota and Kansas State last week in Manhattan, Kan. He shot a blistering 64.3 percent from the field (18 of 28), including 43 percent from 3-point range (3 of 7).            

Against South Dakota, Wright scored 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting with 5 assists, 3 rebounds and two steals.

In the win over Kansas State, Wright had a game-high 24 points with 5 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal in 39 minutes. He tied his career high with 10 made field goals – on just 16 attempts – becoming the 13th Buffalo to reach 1,400 career points.

Wright is the first Buffalo to score 20-plus points in back-to-back games to open a season since Alec Burks scored 20-plus in the first five contests of 2010-11. Colorado started a season 2-0 – with both games away from Boulder – for the first time in 60 years (1960-61).