On Friday, Kim Anderson and his staff scored a major victory on the recruiting trail when four star shooting guard Namon Wright re-committed to the Missouri Tigers basketball team.
This news comes as somewhat of a surprise as Wright was given permission recently to revoke his national letter of intent in early May, presumably due to the departure of former Coach Frank Haith. Wright took an official visit to Utah, and picked up an offer from Pittsburgh before ultimately deciding to stay with the Tigers.
Thank you to all the coaches who’ve been apart of this process, but I’m a Tiger baby. I’ve decided to re-commit to the ZOU!
— Namon Wright (@kharyw) May 16, 2014
Wright is a four star talent and the number 73 overall player in the 2014 class according to Rivals. Namon Wright is 6 ft 4 and 175 pounds and is a gifted outside shooter. He had a spectacular senior season at Pacific Hills High School in Los Angeles averaging 24 points and almost 10 rebounds per game.
While Missouri lost some great players to the NBA draft in Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown, they have some exciting young talent coming to Columbia with Namon Wright and Jakeenan Gant. They also grabbed a transfer from Hawaii named Keith Shamburger as well as three star recruit from Texas D’Angelo Allen. The program could have been in shambles after Haith left, but appears to be headed in the right direction.
It’s not common for new coaches to retain recruits who committed to a previous coach, particularly highly recruited players. If you’re a fan of Missouri Tiger basketball, Kim Anderson has shown early on that he can develop relationships with players, and earn the trust of these kids when they are at a pivotal time in their life.
Namon Wright on why Mizzou: “I liked that (Kim Anderson) was honest and I just know he’s a good dude”. Integrity & Honesty goes a long way — Mike Kelly (@mikekelly1120) May 16, 2014
It seems undeniable that Anderson, and the Missouri coaching staff, made Namon Wright feel comfortable and compelled him to honor his original commitment to Mizzou. They also convinced him that they aren’t just rebuilding this coming season but are preparing to compete and win right away in 2014.
Check out some of Namon Wright’s highlights from his senior season below:
Kim Anderson is off to a hot start in his first year as head coach of the Missouri Tigers and looks to continue the momentum in the coming months. Hopefully his early success recruiting translates to success on the court.
Regardless, there’s plenty to be excited about in Columbia, as Kim Anderson looks to establish some stability to a program that desperately needs it.
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