Womens College basketball

Noles Add Talented Transfer Imani Wright


(Wednesday, June 24)

Former Baylor starting guard Imani Wright, who recently wrapped up her sophomore season with the Lady Bears, has filed her paperwork and completed her transfer to the Florida State Women's Basketball program. Wright will have two years of eligibility left starting in the 2016-17 year.

"We're excited about Imani's experience that she brings having played with and against top-level competition," National Coach of the Year Sue Semrau said. "Her skill set really complements the players we have. Our student-athletes have shown a lot of development in their redshirt years and we're excited about that same type of development that Imani will have."

Wright is a shooting guard from Hooks, Texas, who is coming off a prolific season as she guided the Lady Bears to a 33-4 overall record, a Big 12 Tournament title and a spot in the NCAA Elite Eight. Originally from Talladega, Ala., Wright earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors after averaging 9.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists. She started 31 of the team's 37 games.

One of her greatest attributes is her outside shooting, an area where former FSU point guard Maegan Conwright flourished last season. Wright rung up a team-best 42 triples last year and also shot 73.4 percent from the free throw line. Overall, she finished second on the team in scoring and assists and third in field goals made (130) and minutes played per game (26.4).

Coming out of high school at Liberty-Eylau High, Wright was rated as the No. 7 guard in the country by ESPN Hoopgurlz as well as 31st overall. She was one of 20 players selected to play in the 2013 Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-American Game after averaging 19.2 points, 10 rebounds and four assists her senior year.

Wright is an athletic 5-foot-9 player who figures to help Florida State right away in scout team preparation before she becomes eligible to play. In the upcoming year FSU figures to have to replace rising senior guard Emiah Bingley and center Adut Bulgak, and the addition of Wright alongside All-American point guard Leticia Romero could give FSU one of the better back courts in the nation in 2016-17.

Wright is the third addition to FSU's 2015 class that includes freshman forward Maria Conde of Spain and freshman Australian guard Rachel Antoniadou.

The strong shooter from Texas also contributed to Baylor's NCAA Elite Eight run as a freshman in 2014, averaging 5.3 points off the bench and 14 minutes per game. Wright played behind one of the nation's top players in Odyssey Sims, who averaged 28.5 points and buried 98 triples as a senior that year.

Wright will continue to hone her skills this upcoming year, which features Florida State returning two All-Americans, three All-ACC honorees, the ACC Sixth Player of the Year in Shakayla Thomas and four starters from a team that finished a school-best 32-5 and went to the NCAA Elite Eight. FSU returns 71.1 percent of its scoring, 72.9 percent of its rebounding, its top three 3-point shooters by field goal percentage and its top four overall field-goal percentage leaders from a season ago.

Wright is just the latest addition who will help the Seminoles #BandTogether this year, with the team's latest moniker calling on the Greater Big Bend Area to join in support as Florida State Women's Basketball continues to reach new heights. FSU is coming off a year in which it finished seventh in the final USA Today Poll, seventh in the RPI, went undefeated at the Donald L. Tucker Center (16-0) and posted a program-best 14 ACC wins.



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