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00 Brent Wright
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1998-2001, 4L
Forward 6-8, 235
Miami, Fla.
Miami Senior High School
Major: Sociology

 

One of five players in school history to serve as team captain in multiple years (2000 and 2001)… A member of the all-time winningest senior class in school history, winning 89 games during his four-year career… Played on four consecutive post-season teams, including three straight NCAA Tournament teams… Played on the school's first-ever back-to-back Sweet 16 squads and started in the 2000 National Championship Game… Also played on two SEC Championship squads… .A four-year starter who had his career cut short due to a stress fracture in his right foot during his senior season… Was a member of Billy Donovan's first recruiting class and was Donovan's first commitment… Played all three front court positions during his career… An emotional leader who developed into the squad's top front court defender… Was the point man in the Gators' ferocious full court press… Can play with his back to the basket and has a good touch from the outside… On schedule to graduate with a degree in Sociology in May of 2001… Gained 15-plus pounds after his freshman year showed improvement in all aspects of his game… Ranks eighth in school history in career three point field goal percentage (.411)… 125 career steals is tied for 10th in school history… Named to the Southeastern Conference Goodworks Team in 2000 for his work in the community… Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll in 1998-99 and named to SEC All-Freshman Team in 1998… Was on pace to have the best year of his career before injuries cut short his senior season… Fell just 13 points shy of the 1,000 point mark… Shot .503 from the field as a junior after shooting .472 as a sophomore and just .356 as a freshman… Shot .807 from the line during his junior season after shooting just .667 his sophomore year and .564 his freshman season… Has led UF in rebounding 27 times in his career and has led UF in scoring three times… Has scored in double figures 47 times and has nine double digit rebounding games… Dished out 71 assists as a junior after combining for 64 his first two years… Seven double doubles…

AS A SENIOR IN 2000-01 - Had surgery Jan. 4th to repair a stress fracture in his right foot… .Had a compression screw inserted into the foot… Returned to practice the week of Jan. 21st and returned to action in the Auburn game… Returned to the starting lineup in the Arkansas game but suffered a broken right thumb in the first half… .Had two screws surgically inserted into his right thumb on Feb. 13th and missed the LSU game… .Returned to action vs. Tennessee and played 33 minutes… Reaggrevated his right foot in the second half of the Ole Miss game (Feb. 21) and did not play the rest of the year except for four seconds of the game in his final home contest vs. Kentucky… Had season ending surgery on March 12th to exchange the screw in his right foot from the Jan. 4th surgery… Will be on crutches for six weeks and should be fully recovered in 10-12 weeks… Was the starting power forward… Led the team in three-point field goal percentage (.577)… Had back-to-back double doubles (Kentucky and Arkansas)… Had a career long streak of nine consecutive games in double digits snapped vs. American… Canned 15 of his last 26 three pointers… Scored 253 points in 19 games after waiting until the 27th game during his junior season to reach that mark… Had a then season-high 18 points and 30 minutes vs. Michigan State… Finished with career-high 26 points (10-of-15 FG) with eight rebounds vs. Bethune-Cookman… Had 19 of his 26 in the first half… Tied a career-high with nine free throws (9-of-10) versus Tulane…

AS A JUNIOR IN 1999-2000 - Named one of three team captains by Billy Donovan… Started at the power forward spot 28 times and was the first sub six times… Scored in double figures 14 times… Ended the season with a double-double for the second consecutive year (13 points and 10 rebounds) vs. Michigan State in the National Championship game… Led team in FG pct in SEC action (.570)… Led team in rebounding four times and in assists six times… Had two double doubles… .9.5 ppg in SEC action was third best on team… Made 22 consecutive free throws from 12/11/99 to 1/18/99, the fourth longest streak in school history… Also had an earlier streak of 13 snapped vs. South Carolina… Set career-high with nine free throws made at Kentucky… Shot .605 from the field in January… Was a perfect 8-for-8 from the line and lead the team with seven rebounds in 32 minutes vs. Rutgers.. Was suspended for Georgetown and New Hampshire games for "attitude problems"… Named one of Gainesville's 20 most interesting people by Insite Magazine…

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 1998-99 - Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll (3.18 GPA in Sociology)… Shared UF's Most Improved Player Award with fellow sophomore Major Parker… The starter at power forward who also played some center spot when UF went with a small lineup… Team-high 30 starts (missed his only start of the year vs. Ole Miss because he arrived just before tip off after attending a family funeral)… Led the team with 5.9 rpg… Led team in rebounding a team-best 13 times and in scoring four times… Had 13 games scoring in double figures… Had two double doubles… Averaged 9.1 rpg (73 rebounds) and 10.0 ppg over last eight games of the season… Averaged 12.0 ppg and 7.7 rpg in NCAA Tournament… .Had six dunks and drew four charges… Had career high 20 point game at Kentucky on 7-of-7 shooting… Had first career double double with 14 points and 12 rebounds vs. Arkansas… Was the primary defender on Georgia's Jumaine Jones when the Gators held the second top scorer in the SEC without a field goal and just three points in the first Georgia game… Had career high six steals - all in the first half - vs. Charleston Southern, one short of tying the O'Connell Center record… Had 16 points and two blocked shots vs. FSU…

AS A FRESHMAN IN 1997-98 - Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team, the fifth Gator in school history to be named to the squad… Worked his way into starting job (started four games in a row, Tenn-LSU) after breaking a bone in his left foot on Sept. 9th in preseason drills… Had surgery Sept. 12 and returned to individual instruction drills on Nov. 24th… Appeared in 26 games with 10 starts… Second on the team with 101 free throw attempts, including 28 free throw attempts in the last nine games… 4.3 rpg was fourth on the team… 41 of his last 89 rebounds came on the offensive end… Scored in double figures in six games… Started both games in the SEC Tournament… Scored 12 points and grabbed seven boards (five offensive) in 30 minutes off the bench at No. 7 Kentucky… Scored six of UF's final 10 points in win vs. JU… Scored 12 points (5-of-10 FG) and grabbed six boards vs. LSU… Averaged 11.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg in 25.5 mpg (102 min) over four-game stretch (FSU-Tenn)… Reset five season highs and tied three others, scoring 17 points and collecting eight boards and five steals in first career start vs. Tennessee… Scored 13 points in just 16 minutes vs. McNeese State… Three-pointer with 50 seconds left vs. FSU gave UF an 81-79 lead… Saw first action of UF career vs. Coastal Carolina, scoring three points and collecting two steals in 12 minutes…

PREP - A 1997 graduate of Miami Senior… Ranked among the top 35 seniors in the country by The Hoop Scoop after his senior season… Ranked as the seventh best power forward by Van Coleman and among the top 50 players nationally after his senior season… Ranked as the eighth best power forward in the nation, tops in the state of Florida and 45th overall nationally after his senior season by Basketball Weekly… 1996-97 USA Today Player of the Year for the state of Florida… 1996-97 Florida Player of the Year (6A)… Finished second in balloting for Florida's Mr. Basketball… First-team All-State (6A)… Averaged 21.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg as a senior… Led his team to 16th state title in school history… Team finished with a 36-1 record and ranked sixth nationally by the USA Today… Scored 21 points and nine rebounds in state final and was named MVP of the 6A Final Four… Spent most of his senior season at the shooting guard and small forward despite his 6-7 size… Also played some point guard at times… 1996-97 Preseason High Honorable Mention All-America by Street & Smiths..Ranked as the 26th top senior nationally and tops in the state of Florida at the prestigious ABCD camp (Eddie Oliver's Basketball Report)… Ranked 56th in the Class of 1997 by Future Stars after summer camps heading into senior season… A four-year starter… Ranked 84th nationally by Clark Francis after 1996 summer camps… 1995-96 Honorable Mention All-America by Adidas Blue Ribbon… Led Miami Senior to 30-8 mark and 6A State Title in 1995-96… Averaged 14.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 3.0 apg as a junior… Listed as the nation's 28th top junior according to NCRA Bluechip Magazine… Attended ABCD Camp and Las Vegas Tournament prior to his senior season… Also attended ABCD Camp prior to junior season… .Played for head coach Frank Martin… Chose Florida over Auburn and Cincinnati… Listed at 6-0 as a freshman… Billy Donovan's first commitment, who signed in the early recruiting period in November…

PERSONAL - Born Brindley Lambert Wright on May 6, 1978 but prefers to be called Brent… Was raised by his Grandmother Erma Ingram… Has 17 brothers and sisters… Lists Antoine Walker and Glenn Robinson as favorite NBA players… Nickname is Bump… Did not play organized basketball until 1993-94.

Brent Wright's Career Statistics
Season GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT. REB AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.
1997-98 26-10 546 59-166 .356 17-47 .362 57-101 .564 112 4.3 20 56 3 30 75-5 192 7.4
1998-99 31-30 801 83-176 .472 19-41 .463 68-102 .667 183 5.9 44 71 17 37 93-2 253 8.2
1999-00 35-28 832 95-189 .503 11-37 .297 88-109 .807 158 4.5 71 79 15 32 98-4 289 8.3
2000-01 20-14 488 81-140 .579 15-26 .577 76-94 .809 124 6.2 33 39 10 26 51-2 253 12.7
TOTALS 112-82 2667 318-671 .474 62-151 .411 289-406 .712 577 5.2 168 245 45 125 317-13 987 8.8
Brent Wright's SEC Statistics
SEC GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT. REB AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.
1997-98 16-7 366 38-106 .358 8-25 .320 41-75 .547 70 4.4 12 35 2 18 48-4 125 7.8
1998-99 16-15 396 40-76 .526 13-24 .542 26-38 .684 77 4.8 19 29 8 12 47-1 119 7.4
1999-00 16-16 398 53-93 .570 7-18 .389 39-47 .830 63 3.9 28 42 7 16 44-2 152 9.5
2000-01 9-3 193 26-47 .553 4-8 .500 22-29 .759 46 5.1 14 14 4 2 18-0 78 8.7
TOTALS 57-41 1353 157-322 .488 32-75 .427 128-189 .677 256 4.4 73 120 21 48 157-7 474 8.3
Brent Wright's NCAA Statistics
Season GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT. REB AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.
1998-99 3-3 95 10-20 .500 0-2 .000 16-23 .696 23 7.7 8 10 0 8 8-0 36 12.0
1999-00 6-6 156 12-36 .333 2-9 .222 15-21 .714 34 5.7 17 12 3 5 15-0 41 6.8
2000-01 DNP - Injured
TOTALS 9-9 251 22-56 .393 2-11 .182 31-44 .705 57 6.3 25 22 3 13 23 77 8.6

Wright's Game Highs
Points

Career 26, Bethune-Cookman (12/19/00)
Rebounds
Career 14, Arkansas (2/16/99)
Field Goal
Career 10, Bethune-Cookman (12/19/00)
Field Goal Attempts
Career 12, Tennessee (2/12/00)
3-Point FGs
Career 3, twice
3-Point FG Attempts
Career 5, Michigan (12/27/98)
Free Throws
Career 9, two times
Free Throw Attempts
Career 12, twice
Assists
Career 7, Weber State (3/13/99)
Steals
Career 6, Charleston Southern (12/5/98)
Blocked Shots
Career 2, six times
Minutes Played
Career 38, Tennessee (1/3/98)

Misc. Stats 2000-01 Career
Times Led UF in Scoring 2 5
Times Led UF in Rebounding 7 27
Times Led UF in Assists 1 8
Double Figure Scoring Games 14 47
20-Point Games 2 3
Double Figure Rebounding Games 3 9
Double Doubles 3 7
Dunks 1 13
Charges Drawn 1 10
First Player off the Bench 5 13
Scored UF's First Points 5 15
Three-Point Plays 5-10 20-27
Final Three Minutes From Line 15-17 61-87
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