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Monday, December 17, 2007

D.J. Wright fails to qualify.

One of the most highly touted recruits announced by Louisiana Tech coach Kerry Rupp this summer will not be attending the school.

D.J. Wright did not qualify academically to enroll at Tech, according to a souce at the school. That means that Wright will have to go the JUCO route or sit out a year to become eligible.

Wright is a 6-foot-7 perimeter player from Sault St. Marie, Ontario, who originally committed to LSU. He averaged 22.5 points and 12.5 rebounds for his high school career at Toronto Academy Prep and was expected to team with LSU transfer Magnum Rolle to create opponent miss matches for Rupp's squad next fall.

"D.J. Wright is another tremendous and exciting player for our program," Rupp said during the summer. "I firmly believe he will make an immediate impact next season with his work ethic and ability to shoot the ball. D.J. definitely highlights what we feel is becoming an exceptional recruiting class for us here at Louisiana Tech in our first year."

Wright's AAU Coach Ro Russell of Canada's top ranked AAU team Grass Roots Canada described Wright as a great player on and off the court and expected Wright to be an immediate impact for the Bulldogs.


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