Dunkin’ Dogs sign duo

by Tom Morris

The Bulldogs just got better.

Louisiana Tech head coach Eric Konkol announced Tuesday the additions of Brian “BB” Knight II and Jesaiah McWright who signed national letters of intent during the early signing period.

With a current roster made up of half a dozen players from Texas, the coaching staff dipped back into the Lone Star State for more Bulldogs.  Knight is a 6-foot-6, 190-pound guard out of Obra D. Tompkins High School in Katy (just west of Houston) and McWright is a 6-foot-5, 173-pound guard out of Cypress Falls High School in Houston.

 “We are thrilled to welcome BB and Jesaiah to the Louisiana Tech Family,” said Konkol.  “As we were able to go out and recruit in person again for this class, we were looking for talented players who are first-class people from competitive programs and are quality students.  BB and Jesaiah fit this description very well.  They are passionate about improvement and are committed to becoming the best version of themselves at Louisiana Tech.  

“We are excited to be a part of that journey and see them as terrific additions to our program, University and community.”

 Knight, a three-star prospect, is currently ranked as the 16th best player in Texas and the 28th best shooting guard in the country by 247Sports.  He also ranks as the ninth best player in the Greater Houston area by RCS Sports.

He averaged 21 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals as a junior while shooting 41 percent from three-point range.  He was named First Team 19-6A All-District, Academic All-District and is already the program’s career leader in threes made and is on pace to become the program’s all-time leading scorer.

“BB is a guard with size, length and athletic ability,” said Konkol.  “He can really shoot the basketball with range and has the ability to attack the basket as well.  He is very bouncy and loves to be in the gym.  We are excited about the versatility he brings on both ends of the floor.  We see him being able to guard multiple positions and really stretch opponents from the perimeter. 

 “BB plays a high level of Texas high school basketball at Tompkins High School under coach Bobby Sanders.  He comes from a terrific family who visited campus with him and we look forward to him joining us.” 

 “I chose Louisiana Tech because I love their style of play and the coaching staff made it feel like home,” said Knight who played AAU ball for EYBL Houston Hoops.  “All of the coaches were included in the recruiting process and that meant a lot.”

 McWright, also a three-star prospect, currently ranks as the 29th best player in the state of Texas by 247Sports and is rated as the fourth best player in the Greater Houston Area by RCS Sports.

 He averaged 15 points, six rebounds and four assists as a junior and is a two-time First Team 16-6A All-District and Academic All-District selection as well as a District 16-6A High Jump champion in track and field.

 “Jesaiah is a guard with size, quickness and explosiveness,” said Konkol.  “He can really push the ball up the floor to attack the defense and create scoring for himself and others.  He loves to be in the gym and possesses tremendous length, athleticism and aggressiveness on the defensive end.  We are excited about the talent he brings as a versatile playmaking guard. 

 “Jesaiah plays at a high level of Texas high school basketball at Cypress Falls High School under coach Rich Flores.  He also comes from a wonderful family who made the visit to campus with him.  We look forward to him joining us.”

 “Louisiana Tech was the best choice for me because they made me feel at home by having a great family environment,” said McWright who played AAU ball for Houston Rockstarz and RL9.  “Also, I feel like this is the best place for me to grow and succeed.”

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