Duke Up Next For Wright

Brandan Wright returned from his first official visit. Sometimes, all a kid needs to see is one place, but that's not the case with Wright, Scout.com's No. 5 prospect in America.

Brandan Wright isn't Carl Lewis. He's not sprinting toward an end goal; instead he's taking his time, going through his paces and taking an open approach to each of his five official visits.

"I pretty much wipe the slate clean and go on each visit," Wright said. "I'm not going to forget why I have these schools up there but it's like a fresh start each time."

The University of Kentucky was the first program to host him officially and that took place last weekend. Before getting a "fresh start" and preparing for his next trip, we asked him about the Wildcats.

"Being able to spend time with the players and see what kind of guys they are … they have great fans support there," Wright said. "It's a great place for a basketball player to be. I spent a lot of time with Coach Smith."

A few hours with one of the top coaches in college basketball is pretty much standard practice during a visit. Talking about marlin fishing with the UK skipper, now that's just cool.

"I learned a lot about Kentucky recently and the area. (Coach Smith) tries to teach you life skills. He showed me a tape of when he caught a 500 pound marlin. He said it's like an inspiration and he thinks about that when he's thinking about quitting something."

Wright, a multiple-time state champion, isn't thinking about quitting his official visit trek, he's onto his stop which is Duke the weekend of the 16th. Vandy, Louisville and then North Carolina for the opening week of practice occupy his slate.

Wright has played his recruitment close to the vest and there are tons of ways to ask him about his school list. We were wondering if he groups Kentucky, Louisville and Vanderbilt into a cluster of schools he would consider if he opted to stay home. Wright indicated that his list isn't set up like that.

"It's hard to say. As far as staying close to home, you have Vandy in Nashville. Then you have Louisville and UK which are three hours away and then you have UNC and Duke.

"I really don't consider Duke and North Carolina as going away from home. Both of those schools are just an hour flight. Obviously you can't drive that in one weekend but it's not that far."

With major programs chasing and him being committed to five visits, you'd think he would be in town for some big time football games, like the UK-Louisville tussle he watched last weekend. However, aside from Louisville, Wright seems destined to spend the next few Saturdays watching bad football teams.

"I'm a big football fan, and I like to watch football but those schools (except U of L) are not too good for football," Wright chuckled.


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