On Wright: An explosive and versatile athlete who can play at the point or as a scoring guard ... led the Red Storm in 3-point percentage (.431) as a freshman and is poised to become St. John's all-time leader with increased attempts ... finished fourth on the squad with 25 made 3s as a rookie ... the most famous of his inaugural-season long-range shots was the game-winner with 10.4 seconds remaining vs. then-No. 22/21 Notre Dame (Jan. 23) at Madison Square Garden ... continues to develop into a prolific scorer and adept defender.
Norm Roberts On Wright: "Larry is a big part of what we're doing. His athletic ability and his ability to shoot gives him opportunities to change the game quickly. We need him to be that sharpshooter for us. We need him to be the guy who can make the big shot for us, as he did against Notre Dame last year, and also in games against Syracuse and DePaul. We need him to continue on that path. He knows that he needs to grow in handling the basketball and attacking the basket, which are two things he really worked on this summer."
As a Freshman in 2006-07: Played in all 31 games as a rookie, averaging 4.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per contest ... led the team in 3-point accuracy (25-of-58, 43.1 percent) and ranked fourth on the squad with 25 3-pointers ... made at least one long-range shot in 17 contests, including a career-high three 3's vs. then-No. 21 Notre Dame (Jan. 23) ... also led the Red Storm in free throw percentage (11-of-13, 84.6 percent) and 3-point accuracy (12-of-26, 46.2 percent) in conference games ... tied a career-high with 11 points and had two rebounds in his BIG EAST Tournament debut vs. then-No. 18 Marquette (March 7) ... knocked down 3-of-5 shots, 2-of-4 3-pointers and 3-of-3 free throws against the Golden Eagles ... went 2-of-2 from 3-point range and scored seven points in the regular season vs. Providence (March 4) ... also grabbed three rebounds (two offensive) in 15 minutes of action vs. the Friars ... knocked down 1-of-2 3-pointers and totaled five points, three rebounds and one assist in 14 minutes vs. South Florida (Feb. 7) ... made all six of his career-high free throw attempts, grabbed three rebounds and dished one assist in 21 minutes at Cincinnati (Feb. 5) ... drilled three 3-pointers, including the game-winner with 10.4 seconds remaining in a home win at Madison Square Garden over then No. 21 Notre Dame (Jan. 23) ... scored a career-high 11 points and recorded two steals in the game ... added eight points in just 12 minutes off the bench in BIG EAST opener vs. DePaul (Jan. 3) ... went 3-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-3 from long range and added one assist against the Blue Demons ... contributed 14 solid minutes vs. Hofstra (Dec. 29), scoring seven points, knocking down two 3-pointers and grabbing two rebounds (one offensive) ... knocked down 2-of-3 3-pointers and scored nine points in 17 minutes vs. NJIT (Dec. 21) ... also grabbed a rebound and went a perfect 3-of-3 from the charity stripe against the Highlanders ... saw some time at the point and recorded five points and two blocks in 10 minutes vs. UMBC (Dec. 1) ... netted seven points in 13 minutes in a 72-49 win over Navy (Nov. 11) ... scored eight points on 3-of-7 shooting, blocked a shot and recorded an assist in his collegiate debut vs. North Florida (Nov. 11).
At Saginaw: Led the Trojans to a 22-4 overall record, a trip to the state semifinals and a No. 1 AP ranking in the state of Michigan as a senior in 2005-06 ... keyed the Saginaw squad with a 21.0 points per game average, to go along with 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals as a senior ... was a finalist for Mr. Basketball in the state of Michigan in his final season ... an all-state and all-conference selection ... also named to the all-area "Dream Team" as a senior ... invited to play in a pair of all-star games following his senior year, one as one of the Top 20 players in Michigan, and the other where the Michigan All-Stars faced the Ohio All-Stars ... high school basketball coach was Lou Dawkins ... also played football as a high school freshman.
Personal: Larry Douglas Wright ... born June 11, 1987, in Saginaw, Mich. ... son of Karen Wright and Larry Essex ... mother played basketball in college at Norfolk State University ... played on a Jalen Rose Michigan all-star team that toured the U.S. and Canada during the summer of 2006 ... major is undecided.
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