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Good News for Dayton Flyers fans; Chris Wright is back for final year

Info Courtesy of Dayton Athletics

Chris Wright is back to lead UD (Dayton)

University of Dayton junior forward Chris Wright has announced that he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and will be returning to the Flyers for his senior season.

Wright, the leading scorer and rebounder for UD’s 2010 NIT championship team, announced on April 7, that he was entering his name in the upcoming NBA draft, but did not sign with an agent which allowed him to retain his collegiate eligibility.

“I love the University of Dayton and where our program is headed. I can’t wait for next,” Wright said.

Wright averaged 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in leading the Flyers to a 25-12 overall record. Dayton’s team MVP and a First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection, Wright also led the team in minutes (28.8), dunks (a school-record 68), blocked shots (a school record 53), free throws attempted (185) and free throws made (125). He led the Flyers with 29 double-figure games in 2009-10.

The Flyers have won 75 games since Wright came to the Dayton campus for the 2007-08 season. With Wright in the lineup, Dayton has defeated 10 BCS teams, including four straight in this year’s run to the NIT title.

At University of Dayton Arena, the Flyers have won 44 of their last 46 games with the Trotwood native in the lineup.

Dayton Head Coach Brian Gregory is elated to have Chris Wright back in the program. “As the University of Dayton basketball coach, I’m happy to have Chris back to finish up what already has been an excellent college career. At the same time, I’m very proud of the approach he took in reaching this decision. Chris and his family knew they had my full support in any decision that was made.”

Dayton returns nine letter winners from last year’s 25-12 team, including Wright and NIT MVP  Chris Johnson. Johnson was second to Wright on the team in scoring (11.9) and rebounding (6.9) and led UD in FT% (.848, 84-99). He was the Atlantic 10′s Chris Daniels Memorial Most Improved Player Award winner in 2010.