By JACK LeGWINSpecial to ZAGSBLOG
At 2:02 on Monday afternoon, Namon Wright announced via Twitter that he will join Class of 2016 point guard and AAU Teammate Derryck Thornton at Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) for his senior season.
“I’m happy, it’s a blessing really,” Wright told SNY.tv. “Findlay is really going to help me with things outside of basketball, as well as on the court. They always seem to want to make kids better.”
Wright, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound 2014 combo guard out of Los Angeles, currently holds offers from Arizona, UCLA, Oregon, Florida State, Arizona State, Gonzaga, USC and Washington.
Wright is an athletic guard, with a tremendous amount of length on the defensive side. He can slash and create opportunities for his teammates, as well as shots for himself.
Another AAU teammate of Wright’s is the No. 5-ranked player in the class of 2015, Stephen Zimmerman, who can’t say enough about Wright as a teammate.
“He’s a great teammate, and is very unselfish,” Zimmerman said. “He just wants to win as a team. If he’s on the bench, he’s very vocal. It’s as if we have six on the court. He’s that involved.”
Wright knows that going to Findlay will put him under a spotlight, and he’s ready for the challenge.
“I know that going to Findlay and being in the spotlight can expose me for the good or the bad,” he said, “and I’m not going to let it expose me for the bad.”
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