New Missouri Head Coach Kim Anderson has been on the job a little over a week, and he's been busily and effectively putting together his coaching staff as well as his roster. With a void in the back court, and at least a couple of scholarships in hand, the Missouri coaching staff is looking at point guards, combo guards, and shooting guards. One player who fits the bill is 2014 PG prospect Jay Wright 6'0" 180 Casper (WY) Casper College.
Wright was a qualifier out of Effingham County, where he played high school basketball with 2014 Missouri signee Jakeenan Gant. But, Wright chose to go the junior college route for a year, to improve his opportunities, and that landed him at Casper College, where he had a very successful freshman season. Currently, Wright has four years to play three, and he expects to go ahead and transfer to a four-year school at this time.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Wright, and his junior college coach, and they filled us in on the details of his recruitment.
"Missouri's at the highest level of college basketball," said Jay Wright. "And, that's where I want to play, to play against the best."
Missouri has been recruiting Jay Wright since early this year. Next Thursday (5-15-14), he'll begin an official visit to Missouri in the hopes of landing an offer from the Tigers.
If Missouri offers, it doesn't sound like it would take him long to accept. Missouri does appear to be his best option. However, the Tigers aren't his only option. Jay Wright also holds offers from Louisiana-Lafayette and Washington State. And, he's receiving interest from San Francisco, among others.
Casper College Head Coach Dan Russell described Wright as "extremely athletic", and cited his mid-range jump shot and his "mental toughness" as among his primary strengths as a player.
"There's no question in my mind that he's athletic enough to play in the SEC," said Coach Russell. "He's quick enough, and he's explosive enough."
Coach Russell said that Jay Wright is very coachable, and that he is a tough, hard-working, team-oriented player.
"Jay Wright's best basketball is ahead of him," said Coach Russell. "He just needs more reps. He just needs more time……………………………….. He's very explosive! He's very good at changing speeds when he changes direction…………………………………… He's just hard to guard."