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Pitt's Wright wins ACC's Skip Prosser Award

| Thursday, March 13, 2014, 11:21 a.m.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson shakes the hand of Cameron Wright, who received the Skip Prosser Scholar-Athlete Award before playing Wake Forest in the second round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.

Pitt guard Cameron Wright has been named the recipient of the Skip Prosser Award as top scholar-athlete in the ACC, commissioner John Swofford announced Thursday.

A junior business-marketing major from Cleveland, Wright carries a 3.1 grade-point average and is a four-time recipient of the University of Pittsburgh's Scholar-Athlete Award and a two-time recipient of the school's Academic Excellence Award.

Wright has started all 31 games for Pitt (23-8), averaging 10.8 points while shooting 47 percent.

“It's a really great award,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “In the ACC, they look upon it as the most prestigious award given by the conference. They take great pride in it and we do, too. It says a lot about Cameron, who does great in classroom and is now playing his best basketball.

“I think he's been our most consistent player. There was a stretch where he was our best player when Lamar and Talib were playing with injuries.”

The Skip Prosser Award was created in 2007 to honor the memory of the late George Edward “Skip” Prosser, a Carnegie native who had a 291-146 career record in 14 seasons, including 126-68 in six years at Wake Forest and was 2003 ACC Coach of the Year.

The Demon Deacons graduated every senior he coached and had nine players on the All-ACC Academic team during his tenure.

In order to be nominated for the award, a student-athlete must be an upperclassman with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better – both 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. Clemson guard Cliff Hammonds (2008), Miami guard Jack McClinton (2009), Virginia center Jerome Meyinsse (2010), North Carolina center Tyler Zeller (2011 and 2012) and Duke's Mason Plumlee (2013) are past Skip Prosser Award recipients.

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