Brandan Wright Down To Five Already

One of the top sophomores in the country has already begun to narrow down his list of schools. Once again it appears that Duke and North Carolina will be locked in another recruiting battle it out in hopes of landing this 6-foot-9 big forward.

Brandan Wright is ahead of the game. He's already got a Top 5 list and Tobacco Road is well represented.

Both Duke and North Carolina are in the mix, along with Kentucky, Louisville and Indiana for the versatile and athletic 6-9, 195-pound sophomore out of Brentwood Academy (Tenn.).

``I like Duke because of the tradition and all the great players that came out of the program," Wright said. "They have a lot of good players right now. Coach K will be a Hall of Famer one day."

Wright is averaging 23 points, 12 boards and 6 blocks per game this season after putting up 14 points per game last season en route to a state title.

Unlike former Brentwood Academy star David Harrison, who is now at Colorado, Wright can step out and knock down shots from the perimeter.

He has already evoked comparisons to Chris Bosh with his wiry frame and versatile game and like Bosh, Wright will need to put on weight.

The 16-year-old Wright, who has a 3.1 GPA, already has a good idea of what's going to matter when he chooses a college down the road.

``First off, academics," he said. "Then what type of person the coach is – if he's up-front and looking to help you. The players on the team and the type of guys they are recruiting. I want to play with good character guys."

Wright said that none of the five schools has moved into the forefront, but that could happen this summer when he tries to schedule some unofficial visits – depending on his summer schedule.

Wright will remain loyal and play with the Murfreesboro Stars, a small outfit out of Tennessee. Although bigger programs such as YOMCA and the Tennessee Travelers have made their pitch to get Wright on board, he has politely declined.

``The name of the team may change this year," Wright said. "We're getting better players. This will be my fourth year playing with those guys and we're finally peaking."

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