<P><B>March 5, 2009</B>
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<P><B>KANSAS CITY, Mo. - </B>
University of Dayton sophomore <A HREF="http://www.fansonly.com/schools/dayt/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/wright_chris00.html" >Chris Wright</a> has been named First Team All-District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, it was announced today. Wright was joined on the NABC District 4 First Team by Temple's Dionte Christmas, Saint Joseph's Ahmad Nivins, Xavier's Derrick Brown and Duquesne's Aaron Jackson.
<P>Wright leads the Flyers in scoring (13.3), rebounding (6.7), field goals made (138), offensive rebounds (78), defensive rebounds (115), blocks (35), free throw attempts (148) and double-doubles (5).
<P>The 6-8 forward from Trotwood-Madison High School is the 11th UD player to be named First Team NABC All-District, and the first sophomore. Previous first-team selections were <A HREF="http://www.fansonly.com/schools/dayt/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/roberts_brian00.html" >Brian Roberts</a> (2008), <A HREF="http://www.fansonly.com/schools/dayt/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/stanley_tony00.html" >Tony Stanley</a> (2001), <A HREF="http://www.fansonly.com/schools/dayt/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/chapman_roosevelt00.html" >Roosevelt Chapman</a> (1984), Jim Paxson (1979), <A HREF="http://www.fansonly.com/schools/dayt/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/may_don00.html" >Don May</a> (1967 & 1968), Henry Finkel (1966), <A HREF="http://www.fansonly.com/schools/dayt/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/uhl_bill00.html" >Bill Uhl</a> (1955), <A HREF="http://www.fansonly.com/schools/dayt/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/sallee_jack00.html" >Jack Sallee</a> (1954 & 1955), <A HREF="http://www.fansonly.com/schools/dayt/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/horan_john00.html" >John Horan</a> (1955) and <A HREF="http://www.fansonly.com/schools/dayt/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/meineke_don00.html" >Don Meineke</a> (1952).
<P>A Second Team Preseason All-Atlantic 10 selection, Wright was the MVP of the Chicago Invitational Challenge after producing three double-doubles in the four-game event. Wright had 13 points and 13 rebounds in the championship game win over then-No. 15 Marquette.
<P>He was also the Blackburn/McCafferty Most Valuable Player in the first meeting between Dayton and Xavier on February 11 at UD Arena. Wright led Dayton to its 71-58 win with 17 points and 10 rebounds against the then-No.14 Musketeers.
<P>Wright is one of 27 sophomores and freshmen named to a district first team, and the only one in District 4.
<P>The Flyers are 37-7 overall, 27-0 at home and 5-0 against ranked opponents with Wright in the lineup during his UD career.
<P>Dayton is 24-5 and 10-4 in the Atlantic 10 heading into tonight's game at Xavier. UD is third in the A-10, one game behind Xavier and a half-game behind Rhode Island. Dayton is at home to face Duquesne on Senior Day on Saturday, March 7.
<P>Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, the members of the 24 district teams are now eligible for the State Farm Division I All-America teams to be announced on Saturday, April 4 at the 2008 NABC Convention at the Final Four in Detroit.