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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

I have no indication that there's mutual interest here, but LSU recruit DJ Wright has just been released from his LOI:

Wright, a 6-foot-7 perimeter player from Sault St. Marie in Ontario, Canada, reconsidered his choice when LSU assistant coach Nikita Johnson left LSU for the associate head coaching job at Louisiana Tech. Johnson developed a close relationship with Wright while recruiting him. ...

Wright, who was part of a six-player LSU class rated No. 4 in the nation by Hoopscoop Online, averaged 29 points and 12 rebounds last season at Toronto Academy Prep School. He would have brought outside scoring potential to LSU, which lacked in that area last season.
He seems an excellent fit for Beilein's system, since he is long at 6'7" (a good fit for his hands-up zones) and a killer 3-point shooter. Improbable excerpt from a Rivals article($) when he committed:
Wright who is of Jamaican and native American descent averaged close to 23 points per game last season along with 12.5 rebounds, four blocked shots and four steals per game. His shooting percentage from three-point range was an outstanding 65-percent. [!!!!!! -ed]

"He is a small forward and combo forward. He can play the three, play some spot minutes at the four, because he is only 6-7, 225," Russell said. "He is one the best mid-range jump-shooters in the country but he can also really shoot the three."
65 percent from 3? What? Must be the exchange rate or a really small sample size. Rivals rated him the #137 player in the '07 class, so he's no star, and the whole Canada thing conjures forth images of the unproductive Jevohn Shepherd, but he's local and the sort of player Beilein fills his teams with. Might be worth keeping an eye on.