eBoss: A Spiece of the Action

As the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. Well, somewhere along the line somebody forgot to tell whoever is in charge of weather in the Ft. Wayne (IN) area, because May got off to a cold, wet and dreary start in the Hoosier State.<br><br> Inside the Spiece Fieldhouse though, the weather was a perfect 72 degrees and sunny as hot hoops action reigned supreme at the 11th Annual Spiece Run &lsquo;N Slam All-Star Classic.

ON THE WRIGHT TRACK

This makes three out of four weekends in a row that Phog.net has had a chance to get an extended look at Julian Wright, a talented 6-7 combo forward. So far the Homewood (IL) Flossmoor product is putting together his best weekend of the spring.

Despite somewhat unconventional mechanics when he shoots standstill jump shots, Wright has showed a proclivity for hitting 15 footers off of the dribble to either his right or left. He still blocks shots, rebounds and encourages teammates, but a more rounded game on the offensive end has been a plus.

Wright has heard some of the criticisms about his lack of offensive productivity but has kept plugging along.

“I’ve kind of played out of position for the last two years compared to where I’ll play in college,” said Wright. “I’m getting more confidence on the wing and hopefully by July the scoring will continue to come around.”

Still, what matters most to Wright is that his team and is racking up W’s, and it is that combined with a super attitude and potential that has college coaches drooling. He’s still listing a top six of Arizona, Depaul, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas and Duke.

ANY TIME IS MILLARD TIME

After getting his left ankle rolled when an opponent took him out to avoid being on the wrong end of a breakaway alley oop finish last night, Chad Millard has been somewhat slowed. However, the 6-8 WF who will spend his senior year at Brewster Academy didn’t let a simple ankle sprain keep him off the court Saturday.

Although the ankle has hurt his ability to use his quick hops around the rim and he has been a little less active than usual, Millard can still shoot the rock. For some reason defenders continue to back off of him and he makes them pay with his sweet three point stroke.

According to Millard, Missouri, N.C. State, Louisville and Providence were in during the last week and they have all offered scholarships. A visit from Kansas fell through though.

”Bill Self was supposed to come in a couple of weeks ago but I guess he couldn’t make it because he just got the staples out from his surgery, so that makes sense.” Said Millard, “I’ve heard Kansas might offer me and they want me to visit. But, I’m not going to visit until they’ve offered because it wouldn’t make sense to use a visit there if they aren’t really interested.”

After this weekend Millard will get a much needed rest and will spend some time at home after being away each weekend for the last month and a half.

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