2005 Focus: Julian Wright

Julian Wright ranks as one of the elite junior players in America. The Homewood Flossmoor standout ranks as our pre-season No. 18 prospect in America.

Julian Wright's talents did not go unnoticed this spring and summer. The standout small forward with the Illinois Warriors has developed into a commodity. Colleges love the range he has on his jumper and his athleticism.

At 6-8, he's a born three-man. "I think that's probably going to be my true position," Wright said. "I've been playing that with my school and my traveling team and they're starting to work on my guard skills. I'd like to play the three with a little bit of two and a little bit of four."

Purdue, Illinois, Arizona, Kansas, DePaul, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ball State and North Carolina State used the September period to evaluate him. DePaul's Dave Leitao and Illinois' Bruce Weber were the only head coaches to stop by.

Unofficially, Wright has already been to Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame and DePaul. He's got plenty of offers to visit for Midnight Madness, but that's not something he'll do. "I don't want to go to anyone's Midnight Madness. I don't want to go to just one, I have a wide list. I'll leave that until next year."

While some have mentioned that Wright could have a shorter list than he's leading on, the forward said he's extremely wide open. "It's not even a list really. At this stage, I don't have a list. A lot of stuff happens in the year."

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