COLUMBIA — A little more than two weeks into his tenure at Missouri, Tigers coach Kim Anderson has made ripples on the recruiting trail.
Namon Wright, a top-100 recruit in the 2014 class who decommitted from Missouri after former coach Frank Haith left for Tulsa, announced his recommitment to the program on Friday. He joins Jakeenan Gant, another top-100 prospect who reaffirmed his pledge to the Tigers, and D’Angelo Allen, a three-star recruit who signed with Anderson shortly after he took over in Columbia.
Wright, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard, was on the fence after Haith’s departure, but Anderson’s retention of associate head coach Tim Fuller helped tip the scales in Missouri's favor.
“Thank you to all the coaches who've been apart of this process, but I'm a Tiger baby,” Wright posted on Twitter. “I've decided to re-commit to the ZOU!”
Calls to Wright’s coach at Pacific Hills School, Ivan Barahona, were not immediately returned.
Scout.com national basketball recruiting analyst Evan Daniels said retaining Fuller was a huge piece of keeping Gant and Wright, but the Tigers also reeled in Allen and plan to host another top-100 recruit in Shelton Mitchell this weekend.
Mitchell, a former Wake Forest signee, was released from his letter of intent on April 30. He plans to take an official visit to Missouri and then visit Vanderbilt.
“I think one of the keys to that whole deal was keeping Tim Fuller on board. I think it paid dividends,” Daniels said. “I think it’s evident that they are going to continue to recruit top-100 players. (Anderson) being able to keep two top-100 guys and possibly a third is tremendous.”
Missouri also received news of Shane Rector's departure Friday.
Rector averaged less than five minutes per game in his freshman season and was also suspended before the team’s NIT appearance, along with freshman Wes Clark, after marijuana arrests.
Rector will look for a program where he can be more of an on-court asset, according to a release from the Missouri athletics department.
"I understand Shane's desire for extended playing time and will do whatever I can to assist him in this process," Anderson said in a statement. "I certainly want to thank Shane for his time at Missouri and want to wish him and his family all the best."