MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior Akeem Wright was one of 21 players named to the Defensive All-America Team by the website, collegeinsider.com, in a release on Wednesday.
The group was selected by the collegeinsider.com staff with help from selected Division I coaches and NBA scouts. Wright was one of four Big 12 players named to the squad, including Kansas’ Mario Chalmers, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Dove and Texas A&M’s Dominique Kirk and Acie Law. UCLA’s Darren Collison was named the organization’s National Defensive Player of the Year, while Drexel’s Chaz Crawford was honored as the Mid-Major Defensive Player of the Year.
A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Wright was regularly assigned to the opponent’s top offensive player. He finished among the Big 12’s top-15 in rebounding (6.3 rpg., 12th) and defensive rebounds (4.5 rpg., 9th), while he helped the Wildcats finish among the conference’s top-5 in four defensive categories, including second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (30.2), fourth in rebounding margin (+2.6) and fifth in both scoring defense (65.1) and field goal percentage defense (42.1).
The team leader in minutes (27.7 mpg.), Wright saw action in all 35 games for Kansas State this past season with 24 starts. He averaged 6.5 points on 38.2 percent shooting (84-of-220) with 6.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.9 steals per game. He scored in double figures eight times this past season, including a career-high 18 points against No. 6 Texas A&M on Jan. 6.
Kansas State completed the 2006-07 season with a 23-12 overall record and a 10-6 mark in Big 12 Conference play. The 23 wins were the most by a Wildcat squad in nearly 20 seasons, while the 10 league victories were the most in the Big 12 era. The squad was invited to the postseason for the first time since 1999, where they advanced to the second round of the MasterCard NIT.