Two-time 5A All-Idaho Player of the Year Isaiah Wright is transferring to the University of San Diego, he told the Idaho Statesman on Friday.
Wright played the past two seasons at Utah, but was granted a release from his scholarship this spring. Wright averaged 2.2 points, 1.5 assists and 13 minutes a game last season, helping the Utes make back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.
Wright made an official visit to San Diego last weekend and decided the Toreros of the West Coast Conference are the right fit.
“The assistant coach (Sam Scholl) that just got the job at San Diego recruited me really hard out of high school. He was at Santa Clara, and that was one of the schools that I officially visited out of high school,” Wright said. “I had a really good relationship with him, and I wanted to check it out.”
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Per NCAA transfer rules, Wright will have to sit out next season, and he will have two years of eligibility remaining. He did not redshirt at Utah.
“I like how they’re trying to build their program up and start with a foundation,” Wright said. “I just like the challenge of trying to get that program back and going.”
The Toreros finished the 2015-16 season 9-21 and 4-14 in conference.
“They are a really young team, and my experiences from the last two years with playing the types of games I’ve played and been in, they want that experience to come right away when I am eligible,” Wright said. “But I’ve still got to work and all that. Nothing’s given to me.”