Basketball added its second four-star recruit of the early signing
period on Friday as shooting guard Namon Wright (Los Angeles / Pacific
ranked No. 60 nationally by Scout.com, signed a National Letter of
Intent to attend the University of Missouri and play basketball for the
joins four star forward Jakeenan Gant (Springfield, Ga. / Effingham
County), a consensus Top 50 recruit nationally, who signed with Mizzou
6-foot-4, 175-pound guard signed with Missouri after a host of West
Coast offers, including hometown teams UCLA and USC. One of California's
top players entering
the 2013-14 season, Wright helped lead a veteran Pacific Hills High
School squad to the Division IV state crown and a 29-4 overall mark a
year ago, averaging 15.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
Wright enters his senior season ranked the No.
11 shooting guard in the class of 2014.
big-game performer for Pacific Hills Head Coach Ivan Barahona (who is
also the head coach of the El Salvador National Team), Wright scored 17
points and grabbed
11 rebounds in the state championship win over Cardinal Newman and
dropped in 20 points in the semifinal victory against Bishop Montgomery.
He also competed at the Pangos All-America camp the last two seasons,
including in 2012, where he played alongside current
Tiger, Johnathan Williams, III.
just has a great feel for the game and similar to Wes Clark, he is
always on the attack, looking for a way to beat you," Haith said. "He is
a bigger guard,
which we like, and has great length that allows him to excel
defensively. He has very good instincts and is very good at slashing and
attacking the rim. His jump shot is still developing, but he can really
get on a roll and will become much more consistent
on the perimeter with repetition. He is still a good jump shooter and I
think you will see that consistency settle in as the year continues."
senior-to-be was named a California Division IV second team all-state
selection as a junior, as well as a first team all-Alpha League and
second team all-Southern
Section pick. One of the winningest programs in California, Wright
helped Pacific Hills to the 2012 and 2013 CIF Southern Section titles
and that 2013 state title.
was a very good class for us and fits two needs in our program," Haith
said when summing up the early signing period. "We needed some
additional size and athleticism
in the paint and Jakeenan is one of the country's more athletic hybrid
forwards. He can run the court, finish in transition and he has the
chance to be a big time presence on the defensive end. Namon gives us
very good size on the perimeter and he has an attacking
mentality on the offensive end. He will keep developing as a shooter,
but right now he puts a lot of pressure on his opponents because of his
ability to score off the bounce."
becomes the third California native to play for Haith and the Tigers
the last two years. He joins current junior Jabari Brown as well as
former Tiger and Los
Angeles native Keion Bell.
has nice upside," Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels
said. "He is a very good athlete and can be a good defender at the
collegiate level. He
also has a decent skill set on the wing. He is a capable scorer and that
is an area where he is going to get better at with time. He plays
really well in transition and uses his athleticism to attack the rim."
The Mizzou Basketball staff will remain active for the 2014 spring signing period.
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