Panther Staff Embracing Past & Building for Future
Johnson, Luther, Maia & Wilson Receive Academic Recognition
Pitt guard and NFL nine time Pro Bowler Ruben Brown served as guest speaker
Cameron Wright led the Panthers with 11 points.
Cameron Wright led the Panthers with 19 points.
NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-North Carolina State vs Pittsburgh
Pitt men's basketball takes on Miami
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USATSI photos of the men's basketball game vs. No. 2 Virginia on February 16, 2015
Pitt takes on North Carolina at home
Redshirt senior Cameron Wright enters his fifth and final season at Pitt after starting all 36 games at the off-guard position last year. The 2014 Skip Prosser Award winner honoring the ACC's top student-athlete in men's basketball and All-ACC Academic selection, Wright combines a complete package of skills which includes size, quickness and athleticism. He fits perfectly into Pitt's style of play as an athletic, physical and competitive player. Wright can defend and rebound in traffic, run the floor, has a solid mid-range game and his shot is improving. An athletic wing with height who slashes to the basket for layups on north/south drives, Wright is explosive and aggressive in the open court and attacks the rim with his slashing ability. He also has a presence on the offensive glass, is agile, has proven to be a tough defender and plays with energy and urgency on both ends of the floor. An excellent student, Wright has been said to work just as hard in the classroom as he does on the floor. He enters the coming season as the leader of the 2014-15 Pitt squad.
Played in 104 career games with 47 starts including 36 consecutive...Three-time academic all-league honoree.
Selected the winner of the Skip Prosser Award, the ACC's scholar-athlete of the year for men's basketball...Named to the All-ACC Academic Team, his third career league academic honor...ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient...Started all 36 games at shooting guard...20 double figure scoring games...Scored 11 points in NCAA Tournament game vs. Colorado, 3/20... Finished with 11 points vs. North Carolina, 3/14...Scored 16 points, including a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line in overtime, dished out five assists and had four steals at Clemson, 3/8...Scored 15 points (7-15 FG) with five rebounds at Notre Dame, 3/1...Finished with 14 points (6-9 FG) and six rebounds at Boston College, 2/26...Scored 12 points (5-11 FG) with four rebounds vs. Florida State, 2/23...Led Pitt with 18 points, hit a career-high tying two 3-pointers, hit four free throws in double overtime and grabbed six rebounds in a career-high 44 minutes vs. Virginia Tech, 2/8...Played 41 minutes grabbing a carrer-best nine rebounds and adding 12 points at Miami, 2/5...Finished with 12 points and three assists at Maryland, 1/25...Registered 12 points (5-8 FG) vs. Clemson, 1/21...Scored 14 points (6-10 FG) with four assists at Georgia Tech, 1/14...Finished with a near triple double with 14 points (7-12 FG) and career-highs of eight rebounds and eight assists vs. Albany, 12/31...Totaled 13 points (6-12 FG) vs. Youngstown State, 12/14...Scored a team-high 14 points (7-9 FG) with three assists vs. Loyola Marymount, 12/6...Finished with 12 points, including a career-high 8-9 free throws vs. Penn State, 12/3...Set or tied career-highs for scoring (20), minutes played (36), field goals made and attempted (9-17) and blocked shots vs. Duquesne, 11/30...Earned Legends Classic all-tournament team honors after averaging 12.5 points (10-15 FG) and 3.0 assists per game in two contests in Brooklyn...Finished with a career-high tying 13 points (6-9 FG), grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists vs. Stanford, 11/26...Scored 12 points (4-6 FG), hit 4-4 free throws, dished out three assists and finished with a career-high tying four steals vs. Texas Tech, 11/25...Set or tied career-highs for scoring (13 points), field goals made and attempts (6-11), steals (four) and minutes played (28) vs. Fresno State, 11/12.
Played in 31 of 33 games with one start at off guard...Two double figure scoring games...Earned Best Defensive Player and Academic Excellence Awards at team banquet...Named a Big East Academic All-Star...Provided a huge lift off the bench, by making several key plays including a dunk, then a steal and dunk, scored seven points (3-3 FG) and finished with a career-high three assists and two blocked shots in 24 minutes played at DePaul, 3/9...Scored eight points with a career-high 4-6 free throw shooting night vs. Seton Hall, 2/4...Hit a key 3-pointer and two key free throws in seven point performance vs. Syracuse, 2/2...Totaled eight points (4-5 FG) with four rebounds vs. DePaul, 1/26...Finished with four points, three assists and two rebounds at Georgetown, 1/8...Scored 10 points (5-9 FG) vs. Cincinnati, 12/31...Finished with 10 points (5-9 FG), four rebounds and three steals vs. North Florida, 12/8...Scored six points (2-4 FG) with four rebounds and defended Ray McCallum vs. Detroit, 12/1...Played in a then season-high 21 minutes vs. Howard, 11/27...Missed the Oakland game due to his father's funeral...Finished with eight points and hit a career-high 2-2 3-pointers in nine minutes vs. Michigan, 11/21...Scored eight points (3-4 FG) with three rebounds and two steals off the bench vs. Mount St. Mary's 11/9.
Played in 37 games with 10 starts...Started eight consecutive games at off guard from Dec. 3-Jan. 1, along with the season's final two contests...Reached double figure scoring in two games on year...Earned team's Jaron Brown Pursuit of Academic Excellence Award at team banquet...Named a Big East Academic All-Star...Finished with a career-high four steals in 11 minutes played vs. Villanova, 2/5...Scored 10 points and surpassed career-highs for rebounds (seven) and assists (three) at Syracuse, 1/16...Played in a career-high 25 minutes in first career start at Tennessee, 12/3...Set career-highs for scoring (13 points), field goals made and attempts (6-7), minutes played (18) and rebounds (three) vs. Robert Morris, 11/27.
Redshirted the 2010-11 season...Named a Big East Academic All Star...Received Academic Excellence Award at team banquet...Invited to tryout for the USA Basketball Under-19 team in Colorado Springs.
A 2010 graduate of Benedictine High School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he played for head coach Rob Stircula...Named the Ohio Division II State Player of the Year, Division II First Team All-State, District II Player of the Year and First Team All-District II as a senior...Guided Benedictine to the state semifinals with a 22-5 record and helped the Bengals win 14 of their final 16 games...Concluded his senior year with a 69-62 state semifinal loss to Dunbar on March 25 at Value City Arena in Columbus...Three-time All-State selection and four-year varsity starter who concluded his four-year career as Benedictine's all-time career scorer with 1,655 points...Set the Bengals' all-time career scoring record during the sixth game of his senior season vs. Central Catholic, passing previous recordholder Eugene Freeman (1,278 points from 1991-94)...Averaged 19.3 points, seven rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.2 steals and shot 35 percent from 3-point range as a senior...Finished with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists to help Benedictine rally back from a 14-point deficit to defeat defending state champion Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, 64-61...The win gave Benedictine its first state final four appearance since 1999...Finished with 27 points vs. Walsh Jesuit...Scored 32 points vs. Massillon...Named Ohio Division II First Team All-State and co-District II Player of the Year, sharing the honor with teammate and Central Michigan signee Derek Jackson, following his junior year...Averaged 20.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 4.5 steals per game in leading Benedictine to a 17-6 record as a junior...Scored 20 or more points in eight games during his junior season...Scored 29 points with 11 field goals against Walsh Jesuit...Named Ohio Division II Second Team All-State as a sophomore...Averaged 18.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game as a sophomore while leading the Bengals to a 19-6 record...Scored over 20 points in eight games...Scored a sophomore season-high 29 points two different times against both Youngstown Cardinal Mooney and Poland Seminary...Hit a 35-foot game winning shot to defeat Madison during his sophomore year...Averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.7 assists in leading the Bengals to a 15-11 record and regional final appearance as a freshman...Started as a freshman...Delivered on a game-winning drive to give Benedictine a one point, 52-51, regional semifinal win over Fairless as a freshman...Ranked the nation's No. 74 recruit by Scout.com...Ranked the No. 126 recruit nationally by Bob Gibbons...Played AAU Basketball with the King James Shooting Stars, coached by Dru Joyce...Invited to play at the King City Classic.
Born Cameron W. Wright on January 1, 1992...Son of Kevin and Cheryl Wright...Has a sister Kristin...Honor Roll student...Father Kevin passed away prior to Pitt's 2012-13 season opener vs. Mount St. Mary's. Father died of brain cancer, but Wright played in the season opener anyway, saying that his "father would have wanted it that way"...Wrote the letters FMF, "For My Father" on his shoes...Spent two weeks in Haiti during the summer of 2014 volunteering at an orphanage. The trip was organized by the University of Pittsburgh...Hit a trick shot that was named the ESPN SportsCenter Play of the Day on November 6, 2013. The shot was converted while sitting down at halfcourt with his back to the basket. He threw the ball over his head and it banked in...Committed to Pitt on Sunday, August 9, 2009, after visiting the campus, saying it was an "unbelievable" visit and that he had "found his home"...Impressed with Pitt's facilities, but most impressed with the people and coaching staff... Committed less than 24 hours after visiting the campus...His best friend, backcourt partner and high school teammate Derek Jackson signed to play basketball at Central Michigan...Also considered Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Indiana, Notre Dame, UCLA, Georgia Tech and West Virginia...Graduated with a marketing degree and is pursuing a second business major in human resources management.
Points: 20, vs. Duquesne, 11/30/13.
FG made: 9, vs. Duquesne, 11/30/13.
FG attempts: 17, vs. Duquesne, 11/30/13.
3FG Made: 2, two times- Virginia Tech, 2/8/14; vs. Michigan, 11/21/12.
3FG attempts: 6, Virginia Tech, 2/8/14.
FT made: 8, Penn State, 12/3/13.
FT attempts: 9, two times- at Maryland, 1/25/14; Penn State, 12/3/13.
Rebounds: 9, at Miami, 2/5/14.
Offensive Rebounds.: 4, two times- at Boston College, 2/26/14; at Miami, 2/5/14.
Defensive Rebounds.: 7, at Syracuse, 1/16/12.
Assists: 8, Albany, 12/31/13.
Steals: 4, five times- at Clemson, 3/8/14; Cal Poly, 12/21/13; Texas Tech, 11/25/13; Fresno State, 11/12/13; Villanova, 2/5/13.
Blocks: 2, two times- vs. Duquesne, 11/30/13; at DePaul, 3/9/13.
Minutes: 44, Virginia Tech, 2/8/14.
2013-14 SEASON HIGHS
Points: 20, vs. Duquesne, 11/30.
Rebounds: 9, at Miami, 2/5.
Assists: 8, Albany, 12/31.
Steals: 4, four times.
Blocks: 2, vs. Duquesne, 11/30.
Minutes: 44, Virginia Tech, 2/8.
CAMERON WRIGHT FEATURE STORIES
Pittsburgh Panthers Sophomore Reaching For a Role in NCAA Tournament 2013, Marcy 17, 2013, Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Panthers backcourt has Wright stuff in early going, Dec. 8, 2012, Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh guard grateful after student section's touching show of support, Nov. 29, 2012, Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo!sports.com
Johnson, Wright plug big hole, Dec. 9, 2011, Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Woodall's injury means early duty for youngsters, Dec. 5, 2011, Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pitt Adds Cameron Wright to 2010 Class, Aug. 10, 2009, Jeff Borzello, NBE Basketball Report
Benedictine guard, former Ohio State recruit Cameron Wright headed to Pittsburgh, Aug. 13, 2009, Mike Peticca, Ohio HS Sports
Pitt's Cameron Wright Going to U19 World Championship Training Camp, June 6, 2011, WTAE Sports
Benedictine buddies might end up top scorers in boys basketball team's history says Terry Pluto, Feb. 12, 2010, Terry Pluto, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Benedictine senior Cameron Wright back in the college recruiting game: Terry Pluto, July 9, 2009, Terry Pluto, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cameron Wright Highlights, Youtube
Height / Weight:
6-5 / 205
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