Pitt basketball: Cameron Wright’s report card

Pitt's Cameron Wright drives on Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon

Pitt’s Cameron Wright drives on Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon

Player: Cameron Wright

Position: Shooting Guard

Year: Junior

2013-14 Averages: 30.9 MPG, 10.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.6 APG

What he did well: Wright had a fairly successful junior campaign this past season for the Panthers. He increased his scoring touch significantly from that of his sophomore year. He shot a bit over 45 percent from the field throughout the season as he saw his minutes more than doubled from last season’s allotment.

Wright showed everyone that he is more than a defensive player. In previous seasons he was an offensive liability and was in the game merely for his defensive prowess. This season the Panthers counted on him to score when facing particularly tough defenses that silenced their first two scoring options.

What he needs to work on: A big downside to Wright’s game is how predictable he is. A lot of times when would get the ball he would attempt one of two things: a dribble drive that resulted in a pull-up jumper from either elbow, or a teardrop from inside the free throw line. The former being the more successful, but he seemed too stubborn at times and committed to the teardrop and making it work.

He played well in most games, however some days based on his body language, it did not appear that he wanted to be on the court. In the final home loss to NC State on March 3, Wright was playing so poorly and looked so dejected throughout the game that at one point he took himself out of the game.

Wright needs to remain committed throughout the game and control his body language. As one of the only seniors next season, coach Jamie Dixon will rely on him immensely as a leader. If Wright acts poorly on the court, the rest of the team will follow.

Wright will also need to work more on facilitating the offense in the absence of Lamar Patterson. The Panthers offense will need an additional player to funnel the ball through other than James Robinson and Wright could fulfill that need.

2014-15 role with the team: Wright will remain in the starting lineup and be a senior leader on a young Panthers team. He will be the voice of the team and have to be a priority scoring option. As long as Wright improves upon his weaknesses he will a top-tier player in the ACC and a strong candidate for an all-ACC team.

Additional Comments: Cameron Wright is a phenomenal basketball player for the Jamie Dixon system. Wright’s long arms allow him to be play stellar defense and plug up holes in the zone. His above average scoring ability allows him to be a complete player. He wil

Grade: B

Reason: Wright played well for most of the season but was inconsistent at times. He needs to work on his consistency in order to get his grade higher. He is a great player for Jamie Dixon and will continue to get better throughout next season.

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