It's been a long couple of years for Namon Wright, the four-star 2014 shooting guard out of Pacific Hills.
After his junior year of high school, he attempted a transfer to high school basketball powerhouse Findlay Prep, which would have given him the opportunity to really focus on and develop his game for the first time. The transfer fell through, though, and he spent his final season back home at Pacific Hills.
Then, last summer, during the AAU evaluation periods, he didn't shoot the ball well, and much of the interest he had from West Coast schools dried up, forcing the four-star to opt for Missouri and the SEC.
Then, just weeks ago, Missouri coach Frank Haith somewhat unexpectedly decided to move on to Tulsa, leaving Wright once again uncertain about his future.
"Yeah, this has been crazy," Wright said after participating in the Ball is Life All-American game this past weekend. "I'm talking to the new Missouri coach on Tuesday, and that'll help me make my decision, but it's been a wild year."
Regardless, Wright said he's going to ask for his release from Missouri to once again open up his recruitment and allow other schools to talk to him. From what he's heard, he's fully expecting Missouri to grant the release.
"I want to see what other opportunities are out there now that teams have a clear idea of what they need," Wright said. "I don't know what schools will be on me yet, though."
By rule, schools can't talk to Wright until he has received his release from Missouri, and Wright stayed quiet when asked if any schools have made contact through intermediaries. He also wouldn't clarify whether he'd be interested in any particular schools if they were to show him some interest.
He did say, though, that a factor for him would be whether a school recruited him originally out of high school.
"That'll play a factor, because it shows they wanted me from the beginning," Wright said. "But I want to give other schools a shot too, so we'll see how it goes."
Wright said that Missouri was bringing him in as a combo guard, and that's where most schools were recruiting him.
During the All-American game, which was barely within shouting distance of real basketball, Wright was one of the few players (along with UCLA commit Kevon Looney) playing any defense at all. At one point, in fact, the PA announcer called Wright out for shouting for help defense -- always a good sign when the organizers are heckling you for playing fundamentally sound basketball.
Wright looks like he might have grown about a half-inch in the last year (which would put him close to 6'3.5 or 6'4), and showed good ball skills and an ability to get to the hoop off the bounce. Laterally, he's still a very good athlete.
Wright Will Ask For Release
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