► Former Citadel guarded will join RedHawks
► Bulls bring in ‘big time shooter’
► Holmes invited to NBA Combine event
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Jake Wright, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound, guard/forward, will transfer to Miami University and join the men’s basketball program, according to head coach John Cooper. Wright (Hopkins, Minn./Hopkins) is transferring from The Citadel, where he played his freshman campaign, and will sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer guidelines. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.
"We are very excited to have Jake join our program," said Cooper. "He’s a young man who had a successful freshman season at The Citadel this year. He hails from Minnesota and Hopkins High School, which is a terrific basketball program. Jake has the ability to shoot the ball extremely well, as witnessed by his numbers this past season, and he brings good size to the potion. He’s a terrific student and comes from a terrific family. When Jake decided he was going to transfer, we had an immediate interest as we continue to build the program and make ourselves versatile in the ability to score from multiple positions."
In his first year with the Bulldogs, Wright averaged 8.9 ppg and played in 29 of the team’s 30 games while starting the final nine games of the season. He earned Southern Conference All-Freshman Team honors from both the coaches and media. A long-range threat, Wright knocked down 72 triples on the season, shooting an impressive 42.1 percent from beyond the arc, which ranked fifth-best in Citadel history and tied for third among Southern Conference statistical leaders this season. In conference action, Wright led the SoCon in 3-point shooting percentage (.461) and tied for third in made 3-pointers (2.9) while also ranking 29th in scoring as a freshman, averaging 10.6 ppg in SoCon play.
His freshman campaign featured 13 double-figure scoring efforts, including two 20-point outings, and three games where he knocked down six treys. Wright poured in a season-high 21 points against Navy on Dec. 6, 2014 in a 67-60 win against the Midshipmen.
Wright prepped at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minn., and was ranked one of the top shooting guards in Minnesota during his senior season. As a senior, Wright was named to the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association All-State Team. After leading Hopkins to the Minnesota 4A playoffs in 2013-14, he was named to the Minnesota State Championship All-Tournament Team. Wright was a three-time All-Lake Conference selection for the Royals, earning first-team plaudits his final two seasons. He finished his prep career with 1,356 points.
Bulls bring in ‘big time shooter’
First-year head coach Nate Oats has landed his second player for the 2015-16 season as Willie Conner signed a National Letter Of Intent. Conner comes to the Bulls from Odessa College where he was a First-Team All-Conference Player.
Conner, a 6-5 wing player, who hails from Chicago, IL, averaged 16.7 points per game for Odessa as he shot 51.7% from the field and 42.7% from three point range. He went over 20 points 10 times last season, including a 30-point game where he shot 11-of-14 from the floor. Following the season, he was named to the Western Junior College Athletic Conference First Team.
"Willie is a big-time shooter and he is exactly what we need to complement our current roster," said Oats. "His ability to space the floor and make shots will really allow us to open up our offense. He's a high-character guy that our players and coaches really enjoyed have around these past few days on his visit. We are looking forward to getting Willie back with us full time this summer."
Conner played one season at Florida A&M before transferring to Odessa. He played his high school basketball at Richard T. Crane High School in Chicago, where his team made it to the state semifinals. As a junior he averaged 20 points and five rebounds. As a senior, he averaged 17 points, while his team made it to sectionals.
Conner joins fellow WJCAC player David Kadiri, who signed with the Bulls in late April, and Nick Perkins, who signed with UB back in November.
Former Bowling Green Falcons player Richaun Holmes has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, Illinois this week.
The invite-only NBA Draft Combine is a showcase where players are able to put their basketball skills on display in front of league personnel, as well as under go a number of medical tests, speed and conditioning drills, and interviews.
The event will begin on Tuesday, May 12 and conclude May 15. The on-court portions of the combine will be conducted May 14-15.
Around 60 players in consideration for the NBA Draft usually attend the combine each year prior to the draft.
The 2015 NBA Draft will be held on June 25 in New York City and will be televised on ESPN.
Here is a list of this year’s invitees:
Cliff Alexander, Kansas
Justin Anderson, Virginia
Brandon Ashley, Arizona
Ryan Boatright, Connecticut
Devin Booker, Kentucky
Anthony Brown, Stanford
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse
Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame
Quinn Cook, Duke
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
George de Paula, Pinheiros (Brazil)
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
Michael Frazier II, Florida
Treveon Graham, VCU
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
Olivier Hanlan, Boston College
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville
Andrew Harrison, Kentucky
Aaron Harrison, Kentucky
Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington
Corey Hawkins, UC-Davis
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona
Jonathan Holmes, Texas
Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green
R.J. Hunter, Georgia State
Vince Hunter, UTEP
Mouhammadou Jaiteh, Nanterre (France)
Dakari Johnson, Kentucky
Stanley Johnson, Arizona
Tyus Jones, Duke
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
Kevon Looney, UCLA
Trey Lyles, Kentucky
Jarell Martin, LSU
Chris McCullough, Syracuse
Jordan Mickey, LSU
Larry Nance, Wyoming
Kelly Oubre, Kansas
Cameron Payne, Murray State
Terran Petteway, Nebraska
Bobby Portis, Arkansas
Norman Powell, UCLA
Michael Qualls, Arkansas
Chasson Randle, Stanford
Terry Rozier, Louisville
D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State
Keifer Sykes, Wisconsin-Green Bay
TaShawn Thomas, Oklahoma
Marcus Thornton, William & Mary
J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina
Myles Turner, Texas
Robert Upshaw, Washington
Rashad Vaughn, UNLV
Chris Walker, Florida
Dez Wells, Maryland
Aaron White, Iowa
Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara
Justise Winslow, Duke
Christian Wood, UNLV
Delon Wright, Utah
Joseph Young, Oregon