Namon Wright recommits to Missouri basketball team; Shane Rector to transfer

05/16/2014 2:00 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

Before he’s coached a game at his alma mater, Missouri men’s basketball coach Kim Anderson is racking up some impressive wins — on the recruiting trail.

Pacific Hills (Calif.) shooting guard Namon Wright announced Friday that he had recommitted to the Tigers.

“Thank you to all the coaches who’ve been (a part) of this process, but I’m a Tiger baby,” Wright posted on Twitter. “I’ve decided to re-commit to the Zou.”

Wright, a four-star recruit, averaged 24 points and 9.4 rebounds as a high school senior last season and is ranked No. 73 overall in the class of 2014 by Rivals.com.

After meeting with Anderson on May 6, Wright was granted permission to talk with other programs May 8 on a restricted basis, but he has decided to honor the national letter of intent signed in November.

With the additions of D’Angelo Allen and Hawaii transfer Keith Shamburger, Missouri has one scholarship available for next season after Wright and Effingham County (Ga.) star Jakeenan Gant opted to stick with Anderson.

Shortly after Wright’s announcement, MU issued a release that said Shane Rector, a shooting guard who had played sparingly in 23 games as a freshman last season, would transfer.

Rector, from the Bronx, N.Y., averaged 0.5 points and 0.3 rebounds

“I appreciate coach Anderson and the administration at Missouri for supporting me as I look for a new opportunity,” Rector said in the release. “This was a difficult decision because I have made some great friends during my time here. Mizzou is a great university with great people. This was just a personal decision that my family and I felt was in my best interest.”

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