'Eaters are all 'Wright'


Cerritos High basketball standout guard, Suburban League MVP, signs with UC Irvine.

April 14, 2011

Aaron Wright, the 2010-11 Suburban League MVP from Cerritos High, has signed a national letter of intent with the UC Irvine men's basketball program, Anteater head coach Russell Turner announced.

Wright, a 6-foot-2 guard, earned All-CIF Southern Section Division III-A honors after averaging 19.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.4 steals for the Dons under Coach Jonathan Watanabe. Cerritos was 17-13 overall and finished second in the Suburban League with an 8-4 mark.

Wright recorded a triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over South Torrance in the first round of the CIF playoffs. He averaged 23.7 points, 7.7 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 3.0 steals in three playoff games and was named MaxPreps Player of the Week.


He had 15 games of 20 points or more during his senior season, scoring a high of 31 points each against Mayfair and West Ranch.

"I am excited to add Aaron Wright to our basketball family," Turner said in a release. "Aaron has great character and tremendous basketball potential. He is blessed with an innate feel for the game and has the ability to impact games in many areas.

"It is an added bonus that Aaron is a local player who has great desire to play at UC Irvine," Turner added.

Wright averaged 14.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists during his junior season with the Dons.

— From staff reports


Clark, three UCI alums in the mix

UC Irvine junior opposite Carson Clark and three former Anteater All-Americans have been named to U.S. men's national volleyball's preliminary 25-man roster for the 2011 FIVB World League.

Clark, who leads the Anteaters and is ranked fourth in the country in kills (4.63 per set), joins setter Brian Thornton, outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky and middle blocker David Smith representing the Anteaters on the roster. Thornton, Jablonsky and Smith, were each first-team All-Americans during their UCI careers and led the Anteaters to the program's first NCAA title in 2007.

The 25-man roster will be trimmed to 20 (including two liberos) by May 4. The team must submit a roster of 12 to 14 players taken from that 20-man pool prior to each World League weekend.

The FIVB World League is an elite men's volleyball competition in which the world's 16 best teams are divided into four pools and play an Intercontinental Round for six straight weekends from May 27 to July 3. Each team plays every other team in the pool for two matches at home and two matches away.

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