USA Basketball: Julian Wright

<b>COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –</b> Julian Wright will look to bounce back after a rocky start here in the mountains. We sat down with the Chicago star to talk about his game and his recruitment.

Sometimes in a camp setting, kids find themselves cast in positions that are out of their comfort zone. Here at the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, small forward Julian Wright is in that sort of a predicament. For Wright, a lot went wrong against the South.

In Wright's opening game, a loss to the South, he played 15 minutes, scored 4 points and had 8 rebounds. He struggled from the field going just 2-for-9 but there was a reason for his wayward game.

Wright, a small forward who can pass and handle by trade, worked out with the perimeter players in the morning but found himself cast in the role of power forward once the action began.

"Me playing the post, I've been doing that since the 9th grade," Wright said. "I'm trying to focus on being a wing. It's hard because the are so many guys here. It can be a hard set up."

Wright was a few relatively easy finishes away from a better statistical game. However, even if the shots had fallen, he would have been a little down on his game from the power forward slot. He hopes to get more time on the perimeter.

"I'd rather play 2 minutes as long as I'm playing in the right position. I hope to see that."

As for his recruitment, Wright remains steady with three schools: Arizona, DePaul and Illinois.

"I don't have a leader right now. I think I'll have a good idea [later]. Myself, I'll call colleges in August and maybe July."

So far, Wright has remained true to his word. He's always said he'll take his time with his decision. The No. 9 prospect in America will likely be a fall decision maker.


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