6'9 So. Brandan Wright Discusses Favorites

6'9 So. Brandan Wright led Brentwood Academy to the Division Two state title in Tennessee earlier this month. Wright spoke with ITV about his current favorites and the state title he just won.

6-foot-9 Brandan Wright led Brentwood Academy to a 27-7 record and a Division II State Championship this season as a sophomore.

"It was a tough season," Wright said. "We had to work hard because people always gun for us and we also had to fight through injuries and other adversity on the court to win the championship."

Without question, Wright, considered one of the top prospects in his class, is one of University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino's top targets in the class of 2006. He's a talented and versatile player with multiple skills on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court.

He's already made an unofficial visit to Louisville, his first and only such visit to date, for the Cardinals game against Marquette in early February. That visit came on the heels of a visit from Pitino to one of Wright's regular season games against Giles County and U of L junior target Tyler Smith.

Wright lists North Carolina, Duke, Indiana, Kentucky and Louisville as his current top five and that list hasn't changed in some months, though Wright says he's still open.

"Nothings really changed with my recruitment," Wright said. "It's still those five but I'm open and would possibly consider other schools."

Wright said he'll look to get more serious about his future next fall and he's looking for a school that offers the best combination of academics and athletics. Important in his decision will be the coach of the program he ultimately selects, what kind of players the program recruits and the guys already on the team.

As far as the five schools on his list, Wright said there's no pecking order or favorites just yet.

"There's no order," Wright said. "I don't want to rank them yet so you could put a one by all of them right now."

Wright explained what he liked about four of the five schools on his list and below is a brief synopsis of his comments.

North Carolina "I like their style of play and Coach Williams. I think he did a great job in his first year and I like their up and down style."

Kentucky "They play great defense and they're similar to Duke's program in that they win consistently. They always play well and I like Coach Smith.

Duke "Obviously Coach K speaks for himself. They've got a great program and you can just about pencil them into the Sweet Sixteen every year. They always play hard, too."

As for Louisville, Wright knows first hand based on his team's experiences this season the toll and difficulty injuries can have on a team. For his part, the 6'9 forward says the Cardinals late season struggles haven't dampened his enthusiasm or interest one bit in the U of L program.

"Not at all," Wright said. "It doesn't change my interest in them at all. They had a lot of injuries and that effected how they played late in the season."

"I like their style of play and how they get out on the break," Wright continued about Louisville. "Coach Pitino is a great coach and I like how he prepares his team for each opponent. He's the best coach I've seen in terms of how he scouts each opponent."

Wright will play on the Nike circuit this spring and will participate in the Boo Williams event in Virginia next month. He'll also attend the Nike All-America camp this July in Indianapolis.


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