Once of the notable moves of the 2014 coaching carousel was Division II coach Kim Anderson taking over at his alma mater after Missouri head coach Frank Haith bolted for Tulsa.
Anderson was tasked with holding onto four-star commits Jakeenan Gant and Namon Wright. Gant never asked out of his National Letter of Intent. Although, Wright, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, opted to explore other programs.
“I will still strongly consider going to Missouri , I just need to make sure I’m in the right situation for me,” Wright tweeted at the time of his release.
Eight days after receiving permission to talk with other schools, Wright once again pledged his commitment to Mizzou. This was first reported by Josh Gershon of Scout.
Utah, which should contend in the ever-changing Pac-12, was targeting Wright, even hosting him on a visit earlier this week.
The Tigers back court is without its top two scorers — Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson — both of whom declared for the 2014 NBA Draft. Wright joins holdovers Wes Clark and Shane Rector in the Mizzou back court. Baylor transfer Deuce Bello is also eligible after sitting out last season.
Gant and Wright are part of a three-man class, which includes Anderson’s first commit D’Angelo Allen.
Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.
The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.
It wasn’t pretty.
And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.
Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.
The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.
But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.
Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: