After a few days of practice at the McDonald’s All-American game, Julian Wright is winning over plenty of observers. That isn’t to say that the 6-8 WF from Homewood (IL) Flossmoor didn’t have his fair share of admirers before being selected to the 2005 team, but he’s added more thanks to his hustle and all-around talent.
Of course Wright didn’t come to South Bend looking to win anybody over, he just wanted to have some fun.
"It’s nice, I see what it means to be a McDonald’s All-American and be out here with a bunch of great guys," Wright told Phog.net. "You work hard to be here so you should enjoy it and not be pressured or anything and have fun."
According to Wright the experience isn’t as much about testing his skills against the nation’s top players as it is getting to know them personally. He’s enjoyed the opportunity to get to know everybody involved a little better and wish them well in the future. Of course, the basketball does play a large role and this is as good a group as Wright has ever been a part of.
"AAU events are the closest, but nothing can beat this," said Wright. "You’ve got 24 guys out here just competing and representing their community and their school."
A multi dimensional player who is capable of playing several positions on the court, Wright tries to focus on making plays. While some players are worried about checking their NBA stock, he’s just looking to get in a good run.
"I’m just trying to get out here and work hard," said Wright. "It’s about the team right now. I’m just trying to get out here and get a run. It’s my first run since two Mondays ago, so it is just good to get out here and get on the floor when I haven’t played in almost two weeks."
Not only is Wright getting and opportunity to run the floor with the best players that the high school ranks have to offer, he’s getting a chance to do it with future teammates. Wright has enjoyed getting to know Mario Chalmers and Micah Downs and figures that this will only make them better down the road at Kansas.
"I get to know everybody’s tendencies," said Wright. "We have many days ahead to work on our games and work with each other. It’s not an extended period of time but it’s a good preview."
"They are good guys and we are good guys together and we’re going to work hard."