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CINCINNATI - Senior guard Cashmere Wright received six awards and was among six Bearcats recognized Wednesday at the annual University of Cincinnati men's basketball banquet at the Original Montgomery Inn.
The event looked back on the successes of the 2012-13 campaign that saw the Bearcats register their third consecutive trip the NCAA Championship and third straight 20-win season.
Wright earned accolades as the team's leader in assists (3.2 per game), three-point shooting percentage (36.1 percent), free-throw shooting percentage (80.2 percent) and deflections (190).
Wright was recognized along with fellow seniors guard Alex Eppensteiner, center Cheikh Mbodj and guard JaQuon Parker as the team's most valuable players. The foursome helped account for 93 overall wins, 39 BIG EAST Conference victories, and three trips to the NCAA Championship, along with a 2012 BIG EAST Conference Championship runner-up finish and a 2012 NCAA Championship Sweet 16 appearance during their UC careers.
Wright and junior guard Sean Kilpatrick were both honored for scoring their 1,000th career points during the season. Wright finished his career ranked 22nd in school history with 1,317 points, third with 482 assists and first with 139 games played and 198 steals. He ranks as the only player in school history with at least 1,300 career points, 475 assists and 175 steals.
Kilpatrick also was tabbed the squad's most improved player and received the character and leadership award. He also earned praise for being selected second team All-BIG EAST by the league coaches in March.
Kilpatrick currently ranks 16th on UC's scoring list with 1,444 career points. He scored a Mick Cronin coaching era record 577 points this season while ranking fifth in the league averaging 17.0 points. He was second on the team with 5.2 rebounds. He is one of only 11 players in school history to tally 1,400 points in three seasons with UC.
Selected as one of 30 candidates for the Naismith College Player of the Year award and listed on the John Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list, Kilpatrick was recognized seven times by the BIG EAST during the season. He was twice named the league's player of the week and was tabbed five times to the conference honor roll for his performance on the court.
Other award winners were Mbodj, who claimed the defensive player award, and junior forward Titus Rubles, who received the team's top rebounder award. Mbodj finished 16th in the nation averaging 2.65 blocks while his 90 blocks this season ranked fourth in school history. Rubles led the Bearcats, averaging 5.9 rebounds.
UC finished the season 22-12 overall, 9-9 in the BIG EAST and competed in the NCAA Championship before falling in the second round to Creighton 67-63 on March 22 in Philadelphia.
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