University of Missouri

LA guard Namon Wright signs with Missouri

Updated: 2013-11-15T21:58:34Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

Missouri added a second player to its 2014 class Friday when shooting guard Namon Wright signed a national letter of intent.

Wright, a 6-foot-4 scorer from Pacific Hills High School in Los Angeles, joins Jakeenan Gant as the Tigers early signings. Gant, a 6-foot-8 forward from Springfield, Ga., signed Wednesday.

Wright, who chose Missouri over hometown suitors UCLA and Southern California, led Pacific Hills for the California Division IV state championship last season, averaging 15.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.

“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,” Tigers coach Frank Haith said in a release from the athletic department. “He is a bigger guard, which we like, and has great length that allows him to excel defensively.”

Haith said Wright’s jump shot “is still developing,” but lauded his ability as a slasher.

Rivals.com ranks Wright as the No. 87 overall recruit in the nation.

“Namon gives us very good size on the perimeter and he has an attacking mentality on the offensive end,” Haith said. “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.”

Wright played with Missouri freshman Johnathan Williams III during the 2012 Pangos All-America camp.

“This was a very good class for us and fits two needs in our program,” Haith said. “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.”

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