2002-03 (Sophomore): Jason Straight garnered his share of preseason accolades before the start of the 2002-03 season. Lindy's rated Straight as the "Best Playmaker" in the Mountain West Conference. Street & Smith rated him as the MWC's "Best Penetrator." He is a big reason why The Sporting News rated the Wyoming backcourt in its Top 20 backcourts in the nation entering this season. Straight concluded his freshman year on the largest stage for a college basketball player -- the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 9.0 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in two NCAA Tournament games. In a first round victory over Gonzaga, he handed out seven assists, scored six points and grabbed three rebounds. Against Arizona in the second round, Straight scored 12 points and pulled down two rebounds. That kind of experience and success should give the sophomore a great deal of confidence heading into his second season with the Cowboys.
2001-02 (Freshman): Straight had an outstanding freshman season. He was named Co-Freshman of the Year by Mountain West Conference coaches, and The Sporting News named him its MWC Freshman of the Year. Straight was one of only 16 freshmen nationally to be selected to CollegeInsider.com's All-Freshman Team at the conclusion of the 2001-02 season. CollegeInsider.com also named Straight the Most Valuable Player in the Mountain West Conference at the end of his freshman season. He concluded his freshman season ranked No. 5 in the MWC in assists (3.3 apg), No. 6 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.34 to 1.00) and No. 12 in free-throw percentage (.726). He ended the season averaging 9.2 points per game, 2.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Straight started 27 of Wyoming's 31 games, including the last 26 consecutive. The true freshman led UW in assists and ranked fifth on the team in scoring. He scored a career high 24 vs. CSU on Jan. 12, and handed out a personal best 10 assists vs. Cal State Northridge on Dec. 6, 2001. In that Cal State Northridge game, Straight recorded the first double-double of his UW career with 10 points and 10 assists. He scored in double figures 11 times during his freshman season, and scored 20 or more points once.
High School/Personal: Straight played at Dunbar High School in Chicago, Ill. He earned All-State honors from Associated Press, The Chicago Sun Times and The Chicago Tribune. He led the Chicago Public League in scoring as a high school senior, averaging 29.8 points per game. In addition to averaging 29.8 points, he handed out 7.0 assists per game. He led Dunbar to a 21-8 record and the semifinals of the Chicago Public League Tournament. Straight was also a First Team All-City, First Team All-Area and First Team All-Conference selection both his junior and senior seasons. Following his senior season, he was selected to participate in the Wendy's All-Star Shootout, which features the top high school seniors from the state of Illinois against the top high school seniors from the state of New York.
As a junior, he averaged 27.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game. Dunbar High won three consecutive conference titles his sophomore through senior seasons. Straight's junior season, Dunbar posted a 20-8 record, captured a conference championship and advanced to the third round of the City Championship.
Straight also played for Illinois Gold AAU. As a member of Illinois Gold, he played with current NBA second-year pro Eddy Curry of the Chicago Bulls. Straight helped lead the Illinois Gold to the AAU National Championship Tournament in the summer of 2000. His coach with Illinois Gold was Stan White. National recruiting expert Bob Gibbons of All-Star Scouting Service ranked Straight Among his Top 75 players in the nation, and ranked him in the Top 15 in the nation at point guard. Gibbons had this to say about Straight's signing with Wyoming. "Jason Straight is an outstanding playmaker. He is an excellent penetrator and has the talent and intelligence to get everyone he plays with involved. While playing with the Illinois Gold AAU team, he had the opportunity to play with one of the nation's top-ranked seniors -- Eddy Curry. Curry loved Jason because Jason knew how to get Curry the ball."
Born Jan. 4, 1983, Straight is the grandson of Addie and James Thompson. He has one brother, Darryl, and two sisters, Jamilli and Dominique. Straight was on his high school's honor roll his sophomore, junior and senior years. He also earned Academic All-Conference honors as a senior in high school. Straight chose Wyoming over Boston College, Iowa State, Marquette, New Mexico State, Notre Dame and St. Louis. He is majoring in communication at Wyoming.