March 6, 2012
Tommy Amaker Named USBWA District I Coach of the Year; Wright, Casey Earn All-District Honors
Tommy Amaker has guided Harvard to a 26-4 overall record this season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's basketball head coach Tommy Amaker has been honored as the United States Basketball Writers Association District I Coach of the Year, while senior co-captain Keith Wright and junior Kyle Casey were selected to the USBWA All-District team for District I.
Amaker has guided the Crimson to 26 victories this season, establishing a team record for wins for the third consecutive year. Harvard also earned a share of the team's second straight Ivy League title, going 12-2 in league play, tying the program record for conference wins. The Crimson, which stands at 26-4, also went 11-1 at home and won the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in November, defeating Utah, Florida State and Central Florida to earn the crown.
Harvard, which earned its first national ranking in program history this season, was rated as high as No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll and No. 22 in the AP ranking.
Wright, a native of Suffolk, Va., is averaging 10.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game during his senior season. He leads the Ivy League in shooting percentage (.594) and averaged 10.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest in conference play. Wright, who has started all 30 games this season, has recorded five double-doubles and has scored in double figures in 17 games.
Wright stands 16th in school history with 1,170 points, fifth with 734 rebounds and first with 149 career blocks.
Casey, who hails from Medway, Mass., has also started all 30 games and leads the Crimson with 11.3 points per game overall and 11.7 points per contest in league play. Casey, who ranks fourth in program history with 90 blocks, stands second on the team with 5.5 rebounds per game overall and has reached double digits in scoring in 17 games.