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Shooting guard Jordan Wright commits to Vanderbilt

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Jerry Stackhouse has his first recruit.

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With potentially five scholarships to give for the 2019-20 season, Jerry Stackhouse had some work to do in his first few weeks as Vanderbilt’s head basketball coach.

On Friday, that work started to pay off.

Jordan Wright, a shooting guard from New Orleans who now plays at the Dunham School in Baton Rouge, chose Vanderbilt over a competing offer from Tulane on Friday. Wright is currently ranked #312 nationally in the 247 Sports composite.

At 6’6” and 200 pounds, Wright has good size for the shooting guard position and fills a major need for depth at the position. Last year, Vanderbilt had to play Aaron Nesmith at that spot more than it probably wanted to thanks to a staggering lack of backcourt depth. Austin Crowley was supposed to fill that role, but he got out of his Letter if Intent after Bryce Drew was fired and ultimately landed at Ole Miss.

This is a good start, and hopefully we’ll see more good news in coming weeks.