Los Angeles, CA – High school standout guards Kwame Vaughn (6-5, Guard, Skyline High School – Oakland, CA) and Wendell Wright (6-3, Guard, Mayfair High School – Lakewood, CA) signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to join the Loyola Marymount men’s basketball program in the fall of 2008. Both Vaughn and Wright were named top guards in their league as juniors in 2006-07 and give LMU two more California products recruited by third-year Head Coach Rodney Tention.
Vaughn led the Oakland Section in scoring in 2007 with 16.8 points per game for Skyline High School. Wright was an All-Suburban League selection a year ago for Mayfair High School in Lakwood. During Tention’s tenure at LMU, he has signed 11 high school players, and with the signing of Vaughn and Wright, seven of those 11 are from the talent-rich state of California.
“Kwame and Wendell are two very good players and Wendell is the fourth from our backyard,” said Tention. “All of the guys that we have brought in are good players. It shows that we are a viable option. There is no reason we can’t get some of the better kids from California to come to LMU.”
Not only have the Lions gone in-state, they have gone to top programs. Vaughn helped Skyline to a 19-12 overall record and 7-3 in the Oakland League, falling in the quarterfinals of the sectional playoffs. Wright was on a Mayfair team that went 21-7 overall and 10-2 in the Suburban League. He helped the team to the quarterfinals of the Southern Sectional.
“It is really important to recruit kids from winning programs. We have to recruit the type of player who knows how to win. With Kwame and Wendell and the others we have signed the last two years, it shows that we are finding players that made their teams into winners,” said Tention.
Vaughn and Wright put up impressive numbers as juniors. In addition to leading the league in scoring, Vaughn had 155 rebounds (5.0 per game), 162 assists (5.2 apg) and 11 steals (3.2 spg). He shot 49 percent from the floor (172-of-348) and 51 percent from the three-point line (51-of-101). He went on to be named by the San Francisco Chronicle the the All-Metro second team. Wright finished his junior season averaging 11 points per game on a squad with four players signing Division-I NLIs. He added five rebounds and four assists per contest.
“Both are really skilled players that can play anywhere on the perimeter,” said Tention. “They are athletic – the type of player you need to win championships. They are two great kids who want to be a part of this program. That is the type of player I want here, ones that want to be part of something successful.”