Manual guard LeAsia Wright commits to Lady Toppers

Manual senior guard LeAsia Wright (left), seen here March 9 during the state tournament at E.A. Diddle Arena, verbally committed to Western Kentucky on Monday. Wright will fax in her letter of intent Tuesday morning. (Photo by Joe Imel/Daily News)

Manual senior guard LeAsia Wright (left), seen here March 9 during the state tournament at E.A. Diddle Arena, verbally committed to Western Kentucky on Monday. Wright will fax in her letter of intent Tuesday morning. (Photo by Joe Imel/Daily News)

Heading into a new era, the Lady Toppers have added another new piece.

Manual High School senior LeAsia Wright has committed to the Western Kentucky women’s basketball program, the guard confirmed today.

Wright will fax in her letter of intent Tuesday morning, she said.

“It feels really good to make my decision,” Wright said. “It feels like a lot of weight went off my shoulders. I just fell in love with WKU and the new coach.”

Wright is the fourth member of the Lady Toppers’ 2012 recruiting class and the second signed this spring by new coach Michelle Clark-Heard. Kilgore College (Texas) rising junior guard Bianca McGee signed with WKU on Saturday.

The Lady Toppers inked Green County guard Micah Jones and Jeffersonville (Ind.) High School Jalynn McClain during the November early signing period.

Wright took her official visit to WKU during the 2011-12 season, while Mary Taylor Cowles was still coach.

The 5-foot, 7-inch guard averaged nine points and 3.4 rebounds during the regular season, then averaged 15.5 points during Manual’s run to the state title, including a 21-point performance in the championship against Marion County.

“The fact that she’s physically ready to play at that level is huge,” Manual coach Stacy Pendleton said. “A lot of times kids come in and they’re not strong enough to beat and bang, but LeAsia will be able to take that. She’s accustomed to winning. She’ll bring the attitude that anything less than that is unacceptable.

“She can score the basketball, she’s got a great pull-up jumper. She’s a phenomenal off-ball defender because of her quickness – all things she can do at the next level.”

Wright was one of the first players contacted by Heard after the latter took over the WKU program March 22.

 “When she came, I already knew of her,” Wright said. “That was a plus. Getting a new coach with me coming in will be easier for me, because everything’s a clean slate.”

The Lady Toppers now have two available scholarships remaining. Perry County Central guard Kendall Noble was scheduled to make a visit to WKU today, according to a report by the Courier-Journal.

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