Lorenzen Wright
Lorenzen Wright

2009 M Club Hall of Fame Inductee


Memphis Basketball Postgame Notes vs Jackson State

No. 17/17 Memphis vs. Jackson State - December 28, 2013 - FedExForum - Memphis, Tenn.

One of the most exciting players to wear a Tiger uniform, Lorenzen Wright was a huge fan favorite in his two-year stint with the program. The Memphis, Tenn., native finished his career as one of the most decorated players in school history, earning All-America honors as a sophomore and Freshman All-America distinction in his inaugural collegiate campaign.

A 1995 All-Great Midwest Conference first team pick and 1996 All-Conference USA first team selection, Wright is the only player in the program's history to earn first team accolades from two different leagues. As a freshman in 1994-95, he was named the Great Midwest Conference Newcomer of the Year, as well as earning Great Midwest Conference All-Newcomer Team and USBWA All-District Team honors. Wright was then selected to the 1996 Conference USA All-Tournament Team his sophomore season.

A two-year letterwinner, Wright netted over 1,000 points and stands in the No. 42 spot on the Tigers' career scoring chart with 1,026 points. The 6-foot-11 forward led Memphis in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots both years he wore the Blue and Gray and averaged a double-double for his career with 16.0 points and 10.3 rebounds. Wright finished his career with 31 double-doubles, which are the seventh-most in school history.

The freshman single-season and single-game rebounding record-holder, Wright helped lead the Tigers to back-to-back 20-win campaigns and consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in 1995. During his two seasons, Memphis won the 1994-95 Great Midwest Conference regular season crown and the 1995-96 Conference USA regular season title.

Wright entered the NBA Draft following his sophomore campaign and was the No. 7 overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers. He played 13 seasons in the NBA with stints with the Clippers, Hawks, Grizzlies, Kings and the Cavaliers.

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