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Kendall Wright Joins Select Circle
9:31 A.M., FRI., APRIL 27, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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The Year of the Bear continued Thursday night as Baylor QB Robert Griffin III and IR Kendall Wright were selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. RG3 was the No. 2 overall pick by the Washington Redskins, while the speedster Wright was the No. 20 pick of the Tennessee Titans. Wright left Baylor as the most prolific receiver in program history, setting or tying 16 school records. And, in case some have forgotten, Wright also spent the 2008-09 season as a member of Baylor's NIT runner-up team.

Wright posted 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals in 13 games, but he joined a select circle of dual-sport athletes when the Tennessee Titans drafted him with the 20th overall selection. K-Dub is the fourth former Baylor basketball player to become an NFL first-round draft pick, joining Jack Wilson (1942, Cleveland) Del Shofner (1957, L.A. Rams) and James Francis (1990, Cincinnati). Francis was a member of Baylor's 1987 NIT and 1988 NCAA teams.

In fact, Kendall became the 62nd former basketball player to become a first-round NFL draft pick, according to Mike Douchant, Encyclopedia of College Basketball author. Wright joins an impressive list of athletes that includes Sammy Baugh, Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Glenn Davis, Len Dawson, Mike Ditka, Tony Gonzalez, Otto Graham, Bob Griese, Todd Heap, "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, Paul Hornung, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bobby Layne, Ronnie Lott, Donovan McNabb, Julius Peppers, Andre Rison and Doak Walker.

Congratulations to the Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans - they both drafted two great athletes and two of Baylor's best.

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Banquet Caps Off Another Elite Season
1:47 P.M., WED., APRIL 18, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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In front of nearly 450 people, Baylor players, coaches and staff celebrated the 2011-12 season Tuesday night with a banquet at the Ferrell Center. John Morris, Voice of the Baylor Bears, was the program's emcee, while seniors Quincy Acy and Fred Ellis and sophomore Perry Jones III individually addressed the crowd of fans (Anthony Jones was unable to attend).

And, in typical fashion, head coach Scott Drew spoke briefly and then turned the podium over to the Bears' departing players. Fans were able to ask each of Baylor's players questions (as did JMo) and at the end of the night, players signed autographs and took photos with several fans.

A program-record 30 wins, a program-record 12 conference wins and a second Elite Eight trip in three seasons. Tuesday was a night to celebrate a great season, but hopefully, there will be plenty more of these banquets to come in the future.

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