Namon Wright is a key part of Missouri's touted recruiting class in 2014.
May 20, 2014
Columbia, Mo. - Missouri Basketball continues to build for the future under Head Coach Kim Anderson and the Tigers received more great news on the recruiting front last week as Namon Wright, one of the Top 100 players in the Class of 2014 and a BallisLife.com All-American, reconfirmed his commitment to the program.
Wright was one of California's top players as a senior en route to earning the All-America accolades and averaged 24.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals for Pacific Hills High School in Los Angeles. A 6-foot-4 shooting guard, Wright saw his scoring and shooting numbers rise as a senior, hitting 51 percent of his shots from the floor and 41 percent from three-point range. He was named his league's Most Valuable Player as a senior and claimed All-CIF First Team honors in the process.
"We couldn't be happier that Namon is a Missouri Tiger," Head Coach Kim Anderson said. "We had a fantastic visit with him and his family in California, and while we understood his interest in making sure Missouri was still the right fit, we let Namon know the vision for our program included him. I am really looking forward to Namon coming to campus and continue to be excited about the student-athletes we have added and will continue to add to our roster. This is a great time to be a Missouri Tiger."
Wright waited patiently for the Missouri search to unfold and then recalled his first interactions with his new head coach.
"He called me right after he was hired and we had a chance to talk," Wright said. "Obviously there was a staff change and I wanted to see what the new staff was thinking and how I fit into their plans. Coach Anderson, Coach Fuller and Coach Tibaldi all came out to see me, they showed me some film and I liked what I saw. I liked how his teams played last year when they won the Division II national title. Coach Anderson told me he was going to recruit me. He was going to spend time getting to know me and that was important. I did take another visit, but my heart was always with Missouri. It was where I wanted to be."
Wright, who recorded 40-point games against Compton and Long Beach Millikan as a senior, is now counting down the days until his arrival in Columbia next month.
"I can't wait to get there," Wright said. "I can't wait to see how my game develops in a college environment. The coaching, the facilities, the opportunity to work and practice with some great players, this is the next step. I have also had a chance to get to know some guys coming in like Jakeenan (Gant). We communicated during the coaching transition and we are excited to get to campus. He's obviously a great player, but also someone who is going to be a great teammate."
As mentioned, Wright joins fellow Top 100 player Gant in Missouri's 2014 recruiting class, as well as the most recent signee, D'Angelo Allen from Dallas. Gant was named Mr. Basketball in Georgia last season and was recently invited to participate in the 2014 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team training camp. Gant is coming off a spectacular senior season in which he averaged 21.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 2.8 assists for the Effingham County Rebels, helping his team to a 20-10 overall record and an appearance in the Georgia Class 5A state playoffs.
Allen is a 6-foot-7 forward that helped Kimball High School in Dallas to four consecutive state title game appearances, winning it all in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Allen averaged 13.3 points and 10.2 rebounds as a senior and finished his high school career as Kimball's career leader in starts. He selected Missouri over a host of schools including Oklahoma, Houston, Marquette and Georgetown.
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