MURFREESBORO – Abby Wright will join her teammate Paris Lawson in the OVC next season.
Wright, a senior girls basketball player at Oakland High, committed this past week to Eastern Kentucky.
“The coaches there made it like a family feel,” Wright said. “I feel like it’s a sports and college kind of town.”
Wright, a 5-foot-11 forward, averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals a game a season ago at Lancaster Christian, a small private school in Smyrna.
She transferred to Oakland over the summer, joining a Lady Patriots squad that advanced to a TSSAA Class AAA sectional last season.
Like Wright, Lawson played at Lancaster Christian before transferring to Oakland. Lawson has committed to Belmont.
“We’ve always had a good connection,” Wright said of Lawson. “I talked to her a little bit about it because it got to the point where I was being recruited by Belmont.
“We’ll be fine playing against each other because we’ve been on both sides. We’ve played against each other in fall leagues, and played with each other in high school.”
College commitments are non-binding for both the athlete and the school. Wright cannot sign until Nov. 12.
Trevecca and South Carolina-Aiken had also offered Wright. Southern Illinois and Coastal Carolina were also recruiting her.
“Abby is a great young lady that is so enjoyable to coach,” Oakland coach Jennifer Grandstaff said. “She has such an incredible desire to be the best. She is willing to go above what is expected to meet her goals.
“Her work ethic and desire will make us competitive.”
EKU finished 17-13 last season. The Lady Colonels are coached by former EKU standout Chrissy Roberts.
Wright said she wanted to commit prior to the high school basketball season so she could focus on her senior year, which features perennial powers Blackman and Riverdale in District 7-AAA play.
“That was a factor,” Wright said. “I wanted that stress off my shoulders. Now, I know I’m playing Division I ball. I can just go out and play my game.”
Wright said she has been primarily a post player in the past, but evolved her game this past year where she can now score on the perimeter
“I’m a hard worker and am determined to get better,” Wright said. “I was a post player when I was younger and had to play against bigger defenders. Now, I’ve moved and can shoot more on the perimeter or drive.”
Wright said Eastern Kentucky has recruited her as a forward and the coaching staff has told her she will make up the team’s entire recruiting class for 2015.
“At first I was like, ‘Oh man, I’m the only freshman,'” Wright said. “But I figure there were also probably five or six other recruits that they could have chosen.”
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