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Wright Earns Honorable Mention To AP All-America Team

Mar 16, 2021
McKinley Wright IV

CU at NCAAs | NABC All-District Teams | USBWA All-District Teams

BOULDER – University of Colorado senior guard McKinley Wright IV has earned honorable mention to the 2020-21 Associated Press All-America Team, highlighting a banner awards day for national organizations on Tuesday.

In addition, Wright earned All-District honors from both the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

Wright is Colorado's ninth player to be given honorable mention to either a coaches or basketball writers All-America team and first since Alec Burks was awarded by the AP in 2010-11. The NABC and USBWA All-America teams will be released at a later date.

Wright was one of five players on the NABC All-District 19 First Team and is Colorado's first back-to-back NABC first team honoree. Chauncey Billups earned consecutive second team honors in 1995-96 and '96-97 while Richard Roby picked up first team honors after his sophomore (2005-06) and senior (2007-08) seasons. A total of 10 individuals were honored on the two five-player All-District 19 teams which encompasses the Pac-12 Conference.

Wright was one of 10 individuals selected to the USBWA District VIII team which includes NCAA Division I players from the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada and Montana. It's Wright's second-straight USBWA All-District honor and he's the first Buffalo to land consecutive spots on this team since Cory Higgins did three years in a row from 2008-11.

A three-time All-Pac-12 First Team selection, Wright leads Colorado at 15.5 points, 5.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He tops Pac-12 in assists and ranks third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7), sixth in free throw percentage (.838) and 10th in scoring.

Wright was a four-time Pac-12 Player of the Week in 2020-21 and one of only seven players in conference history with six or more conference weekly honors in a career. He is the only Pac-12 player in conference history with 1,800 points, 600 assists and 600 rebounds.

Wright was a Top 10 finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard, for the second-straight year. He was named to the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team and earned honorable mention to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team.

Colorado, 22-8 overall, is the No. 5 seed in the East Region at the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and is preparing to face No. 12 Georgetown on Saturday, March 20, at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis (10:15 a.m. MT, CBS, Colorado Basketball Network).

2020-21 USBWA All-District VIII Team
McKinley Wright IV, Colorado
Timmy Allen, Utah
Derrick Alston Jr., Boise State
Alex Barcello, BYU
Isiah Brown, Weber State
Bryce Hamilton, UNLV
Neemias Queta, Utah State
David Roddy, Colorado State
Grant Sherfield, Nevada
Isaiah Stevens, Colorado State
Player of the Year
Neemias Queta, Utah State
Coach of the Year
Niko Medved, Colorado State

2020-21 NABC All-District 19
First Team          
McKinley Wright IV, Colorado

Oscar da Silva, Stanford   
Evan Mobley, USC               
Chris Duarte, Oregon                          
Tyger Campbell, UCLA

Second Team
Timmy Allen, Utah             
Remy Martin, Arizona St.
Isaac Bonton, Washington St.         
James Akinjo, Arizona      
Eugene Omoruyi, Oregon

Coach of the Year             
Andy Enfield, USC