Brandan Wright Says He's "50/50"

While many names are known to be on the radar from the class of 2006, there are several high major players who aren't hearing from many of the nation's top programs thanks to the fear of the NBA. One of the best has named Duke among his top three choices, but is he <I>really</I> serious about college?

Over the summer Duke, North Carolina, and Kentucky got some seemingly great news as all three were named as favorites by Brentwood (Tenn.) standout big forward Brandan Wright. However, being a leader for Wright didn't increase the attention from any of the three high major programs.

"Duke didn't come to my recent open gym, and they haven't offered me a scholarship. Neither has North Carolina, but Kentucky has. I think a lot of people think I'm not going to college, but I've been telling everyone I'm 50-50."

That may be hard to believe for some coaching staffs since Wright has been projected as high as the number two pick in the 2006 NBA draft behind fellow super prep Greg Oden. Still, Wright says he's approaching the recruiting process with at least an eye on college.

"Last year I mentioned those three, but I'm still open to everyone at this point. I'm also considering teams like Louisville, Kansas, Texas, Indiana, Arizona, and Michigan."

While Wright has visited some local Tennessee programs in the past unofficially, he's looking forward to visiting those who comprise his list in the coming months including a trip to Tobacco Road in the early Spring.

"I've met Coach Williams and thought he seemed to be really nice guy, and I think Coach K is the best coach in college basketball right now. He seems to really take care of his players, and helps prepare them for the next level as well as anyone in the country. Duke really plays with a fire and intensity and that comes from him. Some how they are always good."

After a sophomore season that ended with another state title and averages of 23 points, 12 rebounds, and six blocks per game, Wright's stock has continued to climb, the question is will it climb too high for college basketball?

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