Julian Wright: Three on Top

Julian Wright isn't ready to completely eliminate anyone, but for all intensive purposes the Homewood-Flossmoor forward is considering a trio of schools. He also talks to TheInsiders.com about a possible leap to the NBA.

While Julian Wright hasn't made it official, the Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) versatile forward is basically down to three schools.

The 6-7 ½ rising senior hasn't completely eliminated the other three on his list, but it would take a lot for one of them to secure his services.

According to Wright, Arizona, Illinois and Kansas are his elite three while DePaul, Duke and Indiana are still in the mix – but rank well behind the other three. According to a source close to Wright, DePaul could be more of a player than people might think.

``Arizona, Illinois and Kansas have always been my top three," Wright said. "Those are my three leaders, but there is no leader in that top three."

``I look at the situation and see more pros than cons in keeping those top three," he added. "The interest has been there and I'm not the type of person who jumps on the bandwagon. I am a fan of loyalty and these schools have pretty much been there from the beginning."

``Illinois stresses a defensive-mentality under Bruce Weber," Wright said of the Illini. "He's been successful in changing the attitude and that's a big plus."

``Arizona likes to run. I like to get up and down the floor. Not that I can't be a structure-type of player, but I'd rather get up and down and have more freedom."

``I like the conference Kansas plays in and I know Coach (Bill) Self from when he was at Illinois. He likes to run, also, and his big guys are versatile and can step out."

Wright isn't in a major rush to get the process over. In fact, it's highly unlikely that his hectic schedule will allow him to take visits until the end of July.

Wright, one of the more cerebral players in the Class of 2005, has an interesting view on the mass exodus of prep players to the NBA this season - and who is ready to make the jump in his class.

``I don't think about the NBA," Wright said. "This year's class is so deep and I don't know about 12 or 13 guys in our class going to the league. Two or three maybe, but I've seen everyone in our class play and I don't think our depth is there and that anyone should go."

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