Guard Jamal Wright to Transfer From High Point

Wright, Jamal
After a strong freshman season in 2016-17, Jamal Wright averaged just 3.2 points per game in under 13 minutes of floor time per night as a sophomore. (Header: Getty Images)

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The 2017-18 season is over for a lot of teams across the NCAA, which means that players and coaches have turned their attention to the 2018-19 season, and beyond.

With the end of the season comes the influx of players transferring to new schools. It happens each and every year as players are looking for the right fit in college basketball and a fresh opportunity to showcase their skills.

On Monday, the transfer market added a talented guard who will have two years of eligibility left after sitting out next season. Guard Jamal Wright has received his release from the High Point Panthers, and will transfer from the program to seek new opportunities in the college basketball world.

Tai Young of Verbal Commits announced on his Twitter page that Wright had received his release from the program.

Wright is a 5’11” point guard from Upper Marlboro, MD. He played his high school basketball at Riverdale Baptist, where he averaged 14.4 points and 6.6 assists per game while earning First Team All-Maryland state honours.

As a freshman at High Point, Wright looked to have a promising career ahead of him with the Panthers. He averaged 8.0 points and 3.6 assists per game, while shooting an even 40% from the field and 35.6% from three point range. Wright posted a career-high 20 points on January 12th, 2017 against the Presbyterian Blue Hose, and he recorded double digit points in 11 games during his first season.

This season, Wright was looking to build off his strong debut season. Instead, he was used in a reserve role. His playing time was down to 12.3 minutes per game, which led to a decrease in his production across the board. Wright averaged 3.2 points and 1.4 assists per game, while shooting 30% from the floor and just 20% from beyond the arc.

Over the Panthers’ last four games, Wright only saw action in three of them. He didn’t see the court in the Panthers’ game against the Longwood Lancers in the conference tournament, and played a combined six minutes over the previous three games.

Due to the NCAA’s transfer regulations, Wright will have to sit out the 2018-19 season if he does transfer to another Division I institution.

– T. Bennett