The 6-8 blue chipper from Flossmoor, IL has had Kansas atop his wish list of basketball programs for several weeks and has been counting down the days until “Late Night in the Phog” ever since. Last month Julian Wright picked KU without making an official visit and much like an excited youngster around the Holiday season, he can’t wait to see his long awaited, and highly anticipated prize up close. There’s no doubt that Kansas is the school for him, but now he actually gets to embrace the program in person, something he’s longed for since early September.
“I’m just really excited and ready to experience the campus life and to spend some time talking to academic advisors,” Wright said. “It’ll be good to get down there and just talk to people and get acclimated to my new surroundings.”
Those new surroundings will also include new teammates that Wright will join up with in the summer of 2005. The top ten talent is also very excited about spending time with his future fellow Jayhawks.
“I’m most looking forward to ‘Late Night’ and talking to the other guys that are coming there with me like Micah (Downs) and Mario (Chalmers). We know each other through playing ball from over the summer so we won’t need an introduction. We’ll just walk up to each other and say, ‘What’s up?’”
Wright also plans to save a few “What’s up’s” for his new fans at KU. He’s looking forward to experiencing the roar of the crowd at Allen Fieldhouse that he’s heard and read so much about.
“I know all about the tradition and history at Kansas and how the fans like taking pride in basketball, so I expect it be a really good atmosphere,” Wright said.
After the thrill of “Late Night in the Phog” is over, Wright plans to take in some of the team’s workouts and is looking forward to seeing the Kansas coaches at work.
“I’ll also spend time looking at the workouts, seeing how everything is going down,” Wright explained. “I like it that I’ll be getting a chance to see what it is like, as opposed to what it could be like. I’m more comfortable on this visit because I know I’m going to be there. I can kick back and just be my real true self and so can they. Not that I’d be that different, but it’s just relaxing to know that I’ll be there.”
Kansas fans have to feel the same way. And who knows? When it comes to a welcoming in a player of Wright’s caliber, Friday night might feel like Christmas morning for a lot of folks.