Julian Wright for Three

Julian Wright's short list could still change, but right now here's what Wright is thinking about his current leaders.

The next few months are shaping up to be big for 6-8 Flossmoor, IL wing Julian Wright.  As he sifts through information on his final six schools, the 2005 prospect is also trying to focus on his AAU season with the “Illinois Warriors” and their upcoming trip to New Orleans.

“I’m heading to New Orleans on Friday so I look forward to that.  I’ve never been there, so I’m excited.”

Wright said his team struggled early but is currently on the rise.

“We went 0-3 in the Houston Kingwood Classic, but we bounced back in the last two tournaments and have made it to the semifinals in both.  We’ve been going through a lot of changes to our team, but the group we now have should be with us the rest of the summer, so we should be good to go.  The chemistry will get there.”

As Wright’s AAU team starts to slowly come together, so too, is his college decision.

Wright’s current list is comprised of Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, DePaul, Duke and Indiana, but that group could be trimmed down in less than a month.

“I’ll know a whole lot more in late June and early July.  I’ll know who I want to visit by July.  I should have someone picked by October, maybe late September.”

So, who has got the staying power to last through the summer on Wright’s elite list?

Dave Telep reported earlier this week that Arizona, Illinois and Kansas were in strong position and that still appears to be the case with Wright.

“At this point those could be the three (top schools), but I’m still looking at a lot of things.”

Wright elaborated on what he’s seeking.

“I’m looking at the conferences, the coaching staffs, players who are being recruited either in my class or the class ahead of me and the styles of play.”

Here’s Wright’s breakdown of what could be his front three and how they stack up in those important categories:

Arizona:  “I like the coaching staff and the way they run the floor with a high power offense all the time.  I like to get up the floor, I like to run and create on the break.  They run the break smart and create easier baskets and that’s one thing I like about them.”

Illinois:  “They’re close to home -- that’s one thing.  It’s not a big factor, but it is a factor.  I like coach (Bruce Weber) and his style and what he did this year.  I liked the way he got the players this year to listen to him even though they had been there before and he hadn’t.  They also stress defense and that’s where they could help me at.”

Kansas: “They’re kind of like Arizona in that they do like to get up the floor.  The scheme seems like everyone can contribute.  I look at their box scores and see a lot of guys with ten points, I like that.  And the Big 12 conference is a good conference and probably one of the top conferences.   So, you’re going to get to play against top competition week in and week out.”

Wright is also impressed with KU head coach Bill Self.

“I like how he actually breaks it down to his players.  Some coaches have the assistants take care of small instructions but he’s willing to get down and do those as well.  I also like his attitude.  He approaches everything very seriously, but he also listens to his players and that’s important..”

With so many great choices and so much to like about each school it’s easy to see that Wright has a tough decision on his hands.  Plus, there’s also that dream of playing in the NBA.  As the No. 9 overall prospect according to TheInsiders.com, Wright is obviously one of the best players in his class, but is good enough to make the leap right to the pros?

“Let’s put it this way, that’s too far away.  I’m not sure, I can’t tell right now.  I’ve got one more high school year ahead of me and one more summer of basketball ahead of me. I don’t know right now.”

Wright should know more on his college decision soon, so check back next month for more on this five-star stud from Flossmoor, IL.


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