Wright Seeks State Title

Julian Wright, for the good of his high school team, switched from his wing position to the point guard for his junior year. Wright talks about the temporary assignment and the great success his team has enjoyed so far this year.

If you spend 10 minutes talking to Homewood-Flossmoor forward Julian Wright and it doesn't take long to figure out what is important to him. On Friday, his team will take on Rich Central in the Illinois playoffs and the game is a big stepping stone for him en route to the coveted trophy.

"That's the team we lost to last year so that should be a big game," Wright said of Friday's clash. "I'm playing alright as of late. I'm trying to do the little things to win. We're two games away from getting down to state. If we win on Friday then we can play in the United Center."

Wright is one focused young man. True to his word, he said that he wouldn't talk much about recruiting during the season as he's got his eyes on the state title.

"We know this is the season. I don't want any distractions: just home, school and basketball. I'm just focusing on winning the state championship. We started in November and we don't want any distractions. Since I turned in my uniform last year I didn't want any distractions and just to stay focused."

Wright has a 9-school list and it's not changing until a few months from now. Arizona, Illinois, Texas, Michigan State, Kansas, Duke, North Carolina, Indiana and DePaul are on his mind, albeit in the back of his mind right now.

"I'll narrow it down around May or June and I'll have a good idea. I'm just trying to feel everything out. I'll keep my foot down that I'll worry about that until after the season. I'll think about winning and grades; no distractions."

Wright seems so intent on winning this year that he's made the ultimate star player sacrifice: he switched positions. A natural small forward, Wright found himself with the ball in his hands most of the year with his high school squad.

"I'm not going to play that in college but it's good to know how to play it and be well-rounded. You can see where the point guard is coming from. It's a good experience and that's what coach needs me to do for this team. It's a learning process each day.

"It'll help me with ball handling and decision making. This summer I'll be on the wing. It'll make me smarter and you have to have patience. At this level, I understand why they talk about strong guard play. I'm not mad at all about my production. I'm happy with 27-2 and contending for state."

Like Shaun Livingston, another standout from Illinois, Wright has a recruiting plan and he's not deviating from it. He said all along that he wouldn't think about colleges during the season and he's done just that. Now, he's on the verge of following through on the grand plan to bring his team a state championship.


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