Men's Basketball

    Wright Earns Preseason Honors

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    October 15, 2003

    Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana sophomore guard Bracey Wright has been named to the preseason All-America team. Wright is one of 21 college players selected by a panel of NCAA Division I head and assistant coaches to receive this honor.

    Wright, the Big Ten's top returning scorer, closed his freshman season with a team-high 16.2 points per game average, the best by a league freshman and tied for fourth overall. Despite missing four games, Wright still set the school freshman record with 66 three-pointers. The 6-3 guard closed his inaugural campaign with 25 double figure scoring games, the third-best freshman double figure scoring game total in school history. Wright opened his career with 14 straight double figure scoring efforts, the best debut in Hoosier history and the second-longest streak by a freshman.Wright's 486 points on the season are the most since Calbert Cheaney had 495 in 1989-90.

    Wright was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, the College All-Freshman team, All-Big Ten Third Team and Basketball Times All-Freshman Second-Team.

    Wright underwent back surgery on May 6. The main purpose of the procedure was to relieve nerve pressure in Wright's lower back that forced the Hoosiers' leading scorer (16.2 ppg.) to miss four games from Jan. 15-25 and play through considerable pain the last two months of the season.

    During the procedure, doctors shaved part of the protruding disc that was exerting pressure on a nerve in Wright's lower back. Doctors expect Wright to make a full recovery.

    The Hoosiers' men's and women's basketball teams tip off the 2003-04 season with Midnight Madness Friday, Oct. 17 at Assembly Hall. Doors open to the public at 10:45 p.m., and the cost of admission is one canned food item. All admission proceeds benefit the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. IU fans will also have the opportunity to purchase 2003-04 Hoosier women's basketball season tickets.

    When IU fans enter the door, they will have the opportunity to purchase a Student Athletic Advisory Committee raffle ticket. Should their ticket be drawn between 11:15 p.m. and 11:45 p.m., 10 lucky fans and their guest will get to experience Midnight Madness from court level. All raffle proceeds benefit Hoosier Hills Food Bank to offset their operational costs. At 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 18, the Hoosier men's and women's teams will be introduced to the crowd as they take the floor. Preseason All-American Team:
    Dee Brown, Illinois
    Ike Diogu, Arizona State
    Andre Emmett, Texas Tech
    Raymond Felton, North Carolina
    Channing Frye, Arizona
    Francisco Garcia, Louisville
    Ben Gordon, Connecticut
    David Harrison, Colorado
    Julius Hodge, N.C. State
    Luke Jackson, Oregon
    Jaime Lloreda, LSU
    Jason Maxiell, Cincinnati
    Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph's
    Emeka Okafor, Connecticut
    Rickey Paulding, Missouri
    Darius Rice, Miami-Fla.
    Romain Sato, Xavier
    Wayne Simien, Kansas
    Chris Thomas, Notre Dame
    Hakim Warrick, Syracuse
    Bracey Wright, Indiana




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