Wright Starts AAU Season Strong

There is no debate that Indiana super prep Greg Oden is the top player in the class of 2006. As for who is the best player not named Oden, Tennessee's Brandan Wright has made a strong case with his performance over the past two seasons. After another strong showing at the Boo Williams Tournament this past weekend in Hampton, Va., Wright had a chance to speak with TDD about his recruitment and his visit with head coach Mike Krzyzewski the previous week.

"I thought I played ok at Boo Williams," said 6'10, 200lbs Tennessee power forward Brandan Wright. "It was good to get back on the court after some time off. I could have played better though."

After opening the competition with 12 points and six rebounds while matching up with fellow top 10 big man Vernon Macklin, Wright put on a huge show on Saturday by scoring a game high 32 to go along with 16 boards. The final show came against one of the top three centers in the class in Seattle's Spencer Hawes. Once again Wright scored (22) and rebounded (12), but it wasn't enough as his team fell out of contention.

Despite the poor record at the event, those in attendance came away repeating the kind of positive analysis that has become so common from anyone watching the native Tennessean in action.

Scout.com's Eric Bossi was particularly impressed in his recap, which published exclusively at Phog.net.

"He dominated the glass on both ends with his length and bounce and didn't shy away from any contact," wrote Bossi. "He's got a nice pull up jumper from 12-15 feet, made a three and had a couple of demonstrative dunks."

And though he lets his game do the talking on the court, Wright couldn't avoid the inevitable questions surrounding his recruitment, which figures to be a battle among some of the top programs in the nation.

"Right now my top three are Duke, Kentucky, and North Carolina," said Wright. "They are on the top tier. My second tier is Kansas, Wake Forest, and some others. But my top three are pretty solid."

One of those top three, the Blue Devils, have made Wright their top choice among those players considered likely to be drafted out of high school next season unless the NBA's new Collective Bargaining Agreement includes a new age limit of 20 years old. As Duke's top choice, Wright has grown accustomed to seeing head coach Mike Krzyzewski as much as possible.

"He came in and talked to be before last weekend. We had a long talk and covered a lot of things. He talked about my game and gave me some suggestions. He also talked with me about the NBA age limit. He says they believe they'll know something by the end of June. He's going to talk with me more about that when we meet again."

Given Wright's size, speed, and skill set, he's considered by many experts to have a legitimate shot at snatching a spot in the NBA's lottery out of high school. Something that very few high school kids have turned down. So what are Wright's thoughts on the NBA and the age limit?

"Right now I'm not thinking about any of it. There are things I need to work on, but if the NBA is there I'll think long and hard about it. Coach K and I talked about that kind of thing in our meeting. He showed me things I need to work on, which I hadn't thought about – plus he knows the process of how to get players drafted. You have to listen to him when it comes to this kind of thing."

And what was Krzyzewski saying in regards to Wright?

"That the best thing I can do between now and next year is work on my game and continue to get better. Then we'll see what opportunities are there. I want to make an impact in the NBA, and that means being ready. College could get me to that point if I'm not there when the first chance comes."

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