Dayton Signee McKinley Wright Asks For Release

Jordan Wells, Staff Writer
The Hoosier

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One of Archie Miller's signees when he was at Dayton has asked for his release from the school.

Champlin (Minn.) Park point guard McKinley Wright has requested Dayton release him from his NLI, according to analyst Corey Evans.

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Ht: 6'0.0"

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A report on March 27 indicated Wright had a spot at IU if he wanted it, but Miller went on the Dan Dakich Show after that news and said he hopes Wright stays at Dayton.

"McKinley's obviously signed with Dayton," Miller said on the show. "He's a fantastic player.

"He's the Minnesota Player of the Year and I hope he goes to Dayton. He went to Dayton for the right reasons, and I'll probably leave it at that because my job isn't to recruit him anywhere else. He was a special kid. I know he had a great high school season and my hope with him would be he sticks with Dayton."

Wright averaged 22.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game this season for Champlin Park, leading them to a 31-1 overall record and a runner-up finish in the Class 4A state tournament, earning the state's Mr. Basketball honors in the process.

He took visits to Minnesota, Memphis and Xavier among others before originally signing with Dayton.

Indiana currently has 13 players on scholarship - the maximum number allowed - and has signed three additional recruits from the 2017 cycle, which would put IU three over the limit.

One of those signees, Lilburn (Ga.) Berkmar guard Al Durham, has already indicated his plans to stick with the school after meeting with Miller on Thursday.

Sophomore forward OG Anunoby, sophomore big man Thomas Bryant and junior guard James Blackmon are among the players that are expected to test the professional waters, which could alleviate some of IU's numbers crunch depending on their permanent decisions.

Additionally, Hatboro (Pa.) Hatboro-Horsham four-star forward Clifton Moore has asked IU for a release from his NLI. That may or may not be granted pending his scheduled meeting with Miller on Sunday.

The final signee, Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson forward Justin Smith, met with Miller on Thursday and has yet to ask for his release from the university.

For an outlook on the pro prospects of Anunoby, Bryant and Blackmon, plus analysis on those potential decisions, click here - LINK.


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