Wright Declares for Draft

In a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Bracey Wright announced that he plans on forgoing his senior season at Indiana University, and entering the NBA draft. Wright leaves the Hoosiers ranked 15th on the all-time scoring list for former Indiana players.

Wright said during the press conference that he plans on finishing his coursework for the Spring Semester this week, and then withdraw from school to concentrate on the draft. He has yet to sign an agent, however plans to hire one once he has withdrawn from Indiana. During the press conference, Wright thanked his coaches, saying, "I want to thank Coach Davis and all of the assistant coaches for the things they have taught me. I also want to thank my teammates for being there for me throughout my career." He went on to say, "I'm excited about the possibility of playing in the NBA. It's always been a dream of mine."

Wright led the Big Ten in scoring in 2004-2005, averaging 18.3 points per game. He was the first Hoosier to win the scoring title since AJ Guyton won the title in 2000, when Bob Knight was still roaming the sidelines of Assembly Hall. Wight shot 41.3% from the field this year, and finished his year with 476 points. Those 476 points were the least in Wright career at Indiana, as he finished with 1498 career points. Those 1498 came on 40.4% shooting, with a 35% clip from long range.

Head Coach Mike Davis had the following to say about the departure of his star, "I think this is a great opportunity for Bracey and we all wish him the best. Bracey has a lot of talent and will be a terrific professional player. We are going to miss him here at Indiana, but at the same time, we are excited about the players who are here and the newcomers next season."

Wright was named 1st team all Big Ten this year by the media, and 2nd team by the coaches. He was named 2nd team in 2004, and 3rd team in 2003, as well as 1st team all-freshman. Wright was also named 1st team district 10 by the NABC two years in a row. Wright was a McDonalds and Parade All American out of high school, and has been highly touted as a potential NBA player since.

Those high accolades have not always lead to Hoosier success however, as the Hoosiers missed the NCAA tournament during Wright's sophomore and junior years. The Hoosiers were 50-42 during Wright's career, good for a 54% winning percentage. He was often the only scoring option for the Hoosiers, helping his scoring average; however not helping the team's overall record.

Wright's 1498 career points make him 15th on Indiana's all-time scoring list, and Wright was the 39th player at Indiana to join the 1000 point club. His career high in points came in December of 2003 when Wright dropped 39 points against North Texas. In that same game, he set his career high in steal with 4. During his tenure at Indiana, he had 32 games scoring 20 or more points, including 16 games scoring 25 or more points. Wright will attend the pre-draft camps to show off his talent for NBA scouts. These camps occur from June 7th through 10th. The deadline for withdrawing from the draft is June 21st, however, if Wright hires an agent he will be unable to return to college. It all culminates with the NBA rookie draft on June 28th.

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