He did that with Wright and Cook, who played 214 games combined with some significant stats.
In 124 career games, Wright averaged 9.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals; Cook has averaged 19.0 points, 4.2 assists and 1.7 steals in 90 games.
While it’s too early to tell what the roster will look like for the first game in early November, Wright is eager to work with those who remain with the team after facing the Tigers twice this season.
“You know, just having a year under Coach McMahon to learn his system was great,” he said. “So I think we’re going to make a big leap from year one to year two.”
Of course, Wright was familiar with McMahon’s team, having faced him twice this season.
In their first encounter on February 22, LSU broke a 14-game losing streak with an 84-77 win at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
But Wright had 15 points and 15 rebounds as the Commodores finished the Tigers’ season 77-68 in the second round of the SEC tournament.
LSU also struggled in that event, just a point behind and more than 18 minutes from falling – which impressed Wright.
“Coach McMahon ran some really good sets; They ran a really good offensive system,” he said. “They presented (forward) KJ Williams to get him the ball where he needed to get it.
“I just think it was a big adjustment for her with everything that was going on,” he said. “But they were definitely a challenge to play against and I don’t think their record reflects how good they really were as a team.”
Williams, LSU’s top scorer and rebounder, exhausted his playing eligibility and rose to the pro ranks.
Guards Adam Miller, Justice Hill and Justice Williams are also in the transfer portal, as are forwards Shawn Phillips, Kendal Coleman and Corneilous Williams.
As of Saturday, guards Trae Hannibal and Cam Hayes and forwards Derek Fountain, Mwani Wilkinson, Jalen Reed and Tyrell Ward were still on the list – leaving three scholarship spots open.