The Oklahoma basketball team completed their 2007 recruiting class on Monday with the signing of UCLA tranfer Ryan Wright.
Wright, 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward, averaged just 1.3 points and 0.9 rebounds as a sophomore at UCLA, will redshirt next season due to transfer rules and then have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in the 2008-09 season.
Wright played sparingly (5.4 minutes per game as a sophomore) on a very deep UCLA team that reached the Final Four last season, but was highly-recruited out of high school. Was ranked No. 50 in the 2006 class by Hoop Scoop, No. 52 by Scout.com and No. 54 Future Stars.
Wright played in 28 of the 36 games last year. In addition to his scoring and rebounding average, he blocked three shots and was 9-for-14 from the foul line. He averaged 5.4 minutes per game, but was UCLA's third big man off the bench come tournament time and only played a total of 10 minutes in the Bruins' five NCAA Tournament games — 6 against Weber State in the first round, 3 against Pitt in the Sweet 16 and 1 against Florida in the Final Four.
"Wright is a very good kid who has good potential as a basketball player," said Tracy Pierson, who has covered Wright for the past two seasons for BruinReportOnline.com "He's about 6-8, with a well-built body, good hops and just okay lateral quickness. He's a post player, without the ability to really play away from the basket. He came to UCLA from Canada, where he didn't get much experience — his high school team only practiced three times a week — so as a freshman at UCLA he was raw and inexperienced. He's worked hard and made steady improvement, particularly defensively. He still has a ways to go and will benefit from the redshirt year in transferring.
"He struggled at UCLA because of his inexperience, and a lack of a great natural feel for the game, and just average hands in the post," Pierson continued. "But with his body, and his ability to get off the floor, and now being able to play very solid defense, he has a chance. He'll more than likely be a good, solid role player for OU, one that plays good D and rebounds. If he can develop any kind of offensive post game, that would be a bonus. He left UCLA entirely because of a lack of playing time, and seeing that UCLA has more posts coming into the program, namely Kevin Love."
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Wright's UCLA Profile
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