The Missouri basketball program announced today it has signed its second four-star prospect for the 2014 recruiting class. Namon Wright, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound guard from Los Angeles (Cali.) Pacific Hills, is the No. 87 player in the 2014 Rivals150. He joins Jakeenan Gant in the Tigers' two-man class.
Wright chose the Tigers over offers from Florida State, USC, Arizona State, Oregon, and other schools. He is known as a top level defender and a slashing scorer. Wright is more naturally suited for shooting guard, but could play small forward in a four guard lineup.
Here is what Frank Haith had to say about Wright in a release from the Athletic Department.
"Namon 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," he 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."
Going in to the 2014 class Missouri only had two scholarships available, so there is a possibility that the class is complete. It seems like a slim possibility, though. Each of the last few seasons there has been at least one player leave the program before their eligibility expired. That means Missouri will continue to recruit for this class in to the late signing period.
"This was a very good class for us and fits two needs in our program," said Haith about the early period signees. "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."
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Currently, the 2014 Mizzou class sits at number 24 overall and number three in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky has the top class in the SEC and number one overall. Florida has the second class in the SEC and number four overall.