Pitt's Wright lands top scholar-athlete award in men's basketball


GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Pitt guard Cameron Wright is one of the Panthers' most versatile players. He also has been honored for his all-around excellence off the court and as a student-athlete.

Wright, a redshirt junior majoring in business-marketing, was named the recipient of the 2014 Skip Prosser Award, emblematic of the ACC's top scholar-athlete in men's basketball, ACC commissioner John Swofford announced Thursday.

To be nominated for the award, a student-athlete must be an upperclassman with a grade point average of 3.0 or better -- in his career and in the previous two semesters.

Sixty percent of the award is based on academic achievement and 40 percent on athletic accomplishments.

Wright started his 32nd game in an ACC tournament victory against Wake Forest.

He averaged 10.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting more than 47 percent from the floor going into the tournament.

He is one of four Panthers named to the All-ACC Academic Team.

Wright is a four-time recipient of Pitt's Scholar-Athlete Award, and a two-time recipient of the school's Academic Excellence Award.

He also is a past winner of the Jaron Brown Pursuit of Excellence Award and was selected to the Big East Conference All-Academic team three times.

"We are really excited about this for Cam; he has battled through a lot of things and has really worked hard to put himself in position to have such a great season both on and off the court," Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said.

The award was created in 2007 to honor the memory of Prosser, a Carnegie native who compiled a 291-146 career record in 14 seasons as a head coach, including a 126-68 mark in six years with Wake Forest.

He died July 26, 2007, after collapsing in his office in Winston-Salem.

The 2003 ACC coach of the year, Prosser led the Demon Deacons to the NCAA tournament in each of his first four seasons.


Paul Zeise: pzeise@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1720 and Twitter @paulzeise. First Published March 13, 2014 11:05 AM

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