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Christening of McKinley Wright IV Award highlights CU basketball’s year-end honors

Graduating point guard also wins fourth straight MVP

BOULDER, CO - Feb. 6, 2021:Colorado's ...
After shattering Colorado’s career assists record, point guard McKinley Wright IV now bears the name of Colorado’s annual assists award. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
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The Jay Humphries Award is no more. It’s now the McKinley Wright IV Award, and the inaugural winner is none other than Wright himself.

On Thursday night, the Buffaloes held their year-end celebration for a 2020-21 season that featured a 23-9 record and a rout of Georgetown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Tad Boyle kept his midseason promise of renaming the annual assists statistical award from the Humphries Award to the Wright Award, an homage to a point guard that shattered Humphries’ career assists record that had stood for 37 years.

Since Boyle instituted the team awards following his inaugural season of 2010-11, only Askia Booker in 2014 and 2015 had captured multiple assists awards. Wright made it a clean sweep of four assists awards in four years, and he also captured the Chauncey Billups MVP Award for the fourth time. Josh Scott, who collected the honor three straight years between 2014 and 2016, is the only other Buffs player of the Boyle era to win multiple MVP awards.

Wright finished his career with 683 assists and topped Humphries’ total of 562 assists in his 112th career game, the same number of games Humphries played for the Buffs.

Jeriah Horne was the Buffs’ other statistical honoree, winning the Stephane Pelle Award as the team’s top rebounder.

Eli Parquet took home CU’s Best Defender Award after earning first team Pac-12 All-Defense honors, and Parquet shared the Buffs’ Most Improved Player honor with freshman forward Tristan da Silva. Forward Evan Battey won the Most Inspirational Player award for the second consecutive season, while senior Alex Strating completed a three-peat of the Tebo Family PASS Award, given to the Buffs player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, attitude, selflessness and success.