MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin head men’s basketball coach Anthony Stewart has announced that Lorenzen Wright, Jr. will join the Skyhawks for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign.
Wright, Jr. is the son of the late Lorenzen Wright, a 14-year NBA veteran from 1996-2009. The 6-3, 190-pound guard recently wrapped up his redshirt junior season before graduating with a degree in organizational leadership from Robert Morris University, located in Moon Township, Pa.
“Lorenzen is an experienced wing who has a high basketball IQ,” Stewart said. “He can really shoot the ball well and he’s proven that at every level he has played. With that said, he’s much more than a shooter – he’s a good ballhandler and is a talented passer as well.”
Playing for head coach Andrew Toole, Wright appeared in 30 games for the Colonials in 2016-17. He averaged 3.4 points in 12.0 minutes per game, leading the team with a .354 three-point field goal percentage (29-of-82). He upped his three-point shooting to 37.8 percent (14-of-37) in conference play and also compiled 16 rebounds, six assists and seven steals for Robert Morris, who advanced to the Northeast Conference tournament semifinals.
Wright made multiple three-pointers in seven different contests last season, including four trifectas (in six attempts) for a career-high 12 points against Buffalo on Dec. 21. He also added a trio of three-pointers and scored 10 points against Fairleigh Dickinson on Feb. 23.
Before joining Robert Morris, Wright played at Southwest Tennessee Community College in his hometown of Memphis in 2015-16. He earned All-Tennessee Community College Athletic Association second team accolades after averaging 10.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game for a Saluqi squad that went 30-5 under head coach Jerry Nichols. Southwest Tennessee ended the season ranked No. 11 in the NJCAA final poll after advancing to the Elite Eight of the NJCAA Tournament.
Wright had four outings of at least 20 points as a sophomore, including a career-best 29 points in the NJCAA Tournament quarterfinals against Salt Lake on March 17. In that game, he shot 9-of-14 from three-point land as part of a 10-for-16 shooting performance in 27 minutes of play. For his efforts, he was named to the 2016 NJCAA Division-I All-Tournament team after averaging 18.0 points to go along with 15 three-pointers over three contests.
Wright knocked down 37.8 percent of his three-point tries at Southwest Tennessee, connecting on a team-high 99 trifectas to rank 13th in the nation in that category. He made at least four triples in 12 separate games, including eight treys against Crowley’s Ridge on Nov. 19. He also had 12 multi-steal performances, including a career-best four swipes at Baton Rouge on Jan. 11.
As a freshman, Wright played at Cincinnati State under head coach Andre Tate. He helped the Surge tie a school record with 29 victories (against just five losses) as Cincinnati State won the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference regular season championship and advanced to the NJCAA Tournament in 2013-14.
Wright saw playing time in 34 games during his freshman season, averaging 6.8 points and 1.4 rebounds. He improved his scoring average to 8.9 points per contest in conference play and ranked second on the team with 56 three-pointers while adding 31 assists and 28 steals.
Wright sank at least three 3-pointers on 11 different occasions, including six trifectas against Edison on Feb. 5. He also dialed up a season-best 20 points against Harry S. Truman College on Nov. 8, which was one of his 10 double-digit scoring games as a freshman. Defensively, he accumulated nine multi-steal performances, including a career-high five steals against Lakeland on March 1.
Wright prepped at Cordova High School, where he tossed in 17.0 points with 5.0 rebounds per game as a senior for head coach Terrance Scales. He was named to the All-Region 7-AAA and All-District 14-AAA squad in 2014 after helping the Wolves win their first district championship since 2004 as a junior.
UT Martin is coming off a 22-win season, which is tied for the most single-season victories in school history. The Skyhawks also earned a postseason victory for the third consecutive season and won their first-ever outright Ohio Valley Conference West division championship in Stewart’s debut season as head coach.