Last year around this time the saga was all about Peoria point guard Shaun Livingston and whether or not he was going to play for new coach Bruce Weber. This year it's Julian Wright from Homewood-Flossmoor HS in Illinois.
Wright is no doubt one of Bruce Weber's biggest targets this year, and the 6-8 swingman's mother, Gina Wright, is not feeling the pressure. " I don't get tired of the phone calls and interviews," said Gina. One can only imagine as the summer goes on and the recruiting season heats up, things may get hectic for the family.
"This month will be pretty busy for Julian. He's in quite a few tournaments, and I go to all of them. I've only missed one and I plan to be at the rest if things work out," said Gina.
Ms. Wright did say in April that Illinois, DePaul and Indiana came to see her son during the contact time allowed by the NCAA.
Last Saturday Julian took the ACT for the second time. "He's doing fine in school right now; he took the test before and did OK, but he just wants to take it again," stated Ms. Wright.
Julian is the type of player that can keep any program going without missing a beat. Last year in the state tournament, the best two players there "talent wise" were Livingston and Wright. What separated the two for me was how hard Julian played the entire tournament no matter who was guarding him. In all my years of watching high school players compete in person, Julian reminds me of a young Kevin Garnett with his work ethic. Only a few times I've came away saying "this kid is big time" and "he's the real deal."
I can tell you one thing for sure after speaking with the All American's mother - they will not be rushed into picking a college. "It doesn't matter how close he stays to home, just as long as he's happy," said Ms. Wright.
Stay tuned for more updates on this All American.