MU hoops adds player, loses another

Wright to join Tigers, Rector leaves

COLUMBIA — It was a bad news/good news kind of day for the Missouri men’s basketball program Friday.

The good news came early in the day, when Namon Wright, the 73rd-ranked player in the Class of 2014, announced via Twitter he had re-committed to the Tigers.

It ended a back-and-forth scenario with Wright. He had committed to the Tigers under previous coach Frank Haith, decommitted when Haith left for Tulsa, then recommited Friday.

Later in the day, the Tigers learned they would be losing a current member of their roster, as freshman guard Shane Rector decided to transfer out of the program.

The native of Bronx, N.Y., played in 23 games last season, averaging 0.5 points and 0.3 rebounds per contest.

“I understand Shane’s desire for extended playing time and will do whatever I can to assist him in this process,” Missouri head coach Kim Anderson said. “I certainly want to thank Shane for his time at Missouri and want to wish him and his family all the best.”

One of Rector’s best games came in a win against Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference Tournamen, as he had three steals, hit 3-of-4 free throws and grabbed two rebounds in the final four minutes of the second overtime to help the Tigers post a 91-83 victory.

“I appreciate coach Anderson and the administration at Missouri for supporting me as I look for a new opportunity,” Rector said. “This was a difficult decision because I have made some great friends during my time here. Mizzou is a great university with great people. This was just a personal decision that my family and I felt was in my best interest.”

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