It’s getting to be that time of year, you know when High School Basketball’s elite find out whether or not they’ve made the McDonald’s All-American game. Kansas bound Julian Wright is hopeful that he’ll be receiving a call within the next few days giving him some good news, but the 6-8 WF from Homewood (IL) Flossmoor is much more concerned with the end of his senior season.
With four more regular season games remaining and then hopefully and eight game run to a state championship, it is easy for Wright to remain focused amongst all the McDonald’s speculation.
“Basically we’re trying to win 12 in a row right now, that’s what I’m really focused on,” Wright told Phog.net. “We’ve got four more regular season games that we’d like to go undefeated in and then it’s eight for a state championship.”
After spending several years playing for the Nike affiliated Illinois Warriors and attending the Nike All-American camp during the summers, Wright was recently named to Nike’s prestigious Brand Jordan Classic. The game will be held in New York during mid April and Wright can’t help but look forward to the game and a chance to square off with a future teammate.
“I can’t wait, it’s just a chance to get on the court with some guys I’ve gotten to know over the years,” said Wright. “Micah (Downs) was invited too, so I’ll get to play against him. With so many guys you know it is kind of like a family reunion where we all get to be together and talk about things one last time before we go to college.”
Getting back to the task at hand, Wright is also looking forward to playing in his home gym a few more times. Because of their schedule, he and his teammates haven’t played a home game since December 17th, but will get a chance to play three of their final four games at home. Standing at 18-4 on the season, he and his teammates aren’t satisfied.
“It’s been pretty successful but we’re still working hard,” said Wright. “Most teams who are 18-4 would be pretty content, but we’re still working hard. We should probably be 22-0 but we’re coming along and we’re still getting better.”
Although they’ve missed playing in their own gym, Wright and his teammates hope that the experience of playing away from home so much pays off in the long run. No matter what post-season accolades he may receive it’s still pretty clear that the state championship means the most to Wright.
“On the road we’re 14-4 so hopefully that will help prepare us,” said Wright. “We know how to win on the road but that doesn’t really mean anything. Once March comes around we’ve got to be ready and we’ve got to be focused.”