Brandan Wright spotlight

HAMPTON, Va. – Brandan Wright took a few weeks off after the high school season ended and that rust showed Friday night in the opening round of the Boo Williams Invitational. (originally from Inside Carolina)

Then again, it might just have been that his Murfreesboro Stars were clearly overmatched by the loaded host Boo Williams team that was able to take Wright out of the game.

“We knew we were going to have a tough matchup coming up here from Tennessee,” Wright said. “No. 32 [Duke Crews] dominated in the paint -- defensive rebounds, offensive rebounds. He was the X-factor in the game.”

Crews is an aggressive, undersized power forward for the Boo Williams squad and his physical nature was too much for Wright and his teammates to handle.

After all, the long and lean Wright stands 6-9 and checks in around 200 pounds. While he showed some of the skill he possesses around the rim, he spent far too much time on the perimeter and the stats reflected it.

Wright’s stat line read 12 points (4-11 FG, 1-3 pt), six rebounds and no blocks.

“I came out a little flat,” he said. “I took off a couple weeks after the season was over but once I get back into it I’ll be okay.”

As for a recruiting update, Wright said the two schools that are recruiting him the hardest are the biggest rivals in college hoops.

“I’m hearing the most from Carolina and Duke,” he said.

“Yesterday Coach K came in and we had a long discussion,” Wright continued. “In two weeks, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Coach Williams is supposed to be coming in from Carolina.”

Wright’s top three schools are Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky. In the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine, Wright’s coach is quoted saying Duke might have a slight edge.

“My coach said that? I don’t know about that,” Wright responded. “They’re up there but it’s all tied with the top three schools, that’s all.”

According to Wright, Carolina’s national championship (and Duke’s ACC Tournament title for that matter), aren’t going to be a factor in his decision.

“Because I’m going by coaches and people, not by who wins and who loses,” he said.

And don’t expect for Wright to make a college decision anytime soon. He’s in no rush.

“I don’t plan on making a decision until around this time next year – whenever the last possible week is to make a decision,” he said, referring to the end of the Spring ’06 signing period.

The NBA will be a factor one way or another. When you’re a Top 5 player, that’s to be expected. But Wright has been keeping track of the developments regarding a potential age limit.

“Coach K talked to me about it yesterday, telling me how they are supposed hear something about it by June 30,” he said. “But it’s really not a factor in my decision. I’m going to play hard and see what happens. If the NBA is an option, I might take it up, but I think I need a couple years of college."


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