Brandan Wright strongly considering Louisville

6-9 Brandan Wright,'s No. 3 ranked propect in the junior class, said Friday night at the Blue Chip Shootout that he's strongly considering Louisville among a host of other schools if he decides to attend college after high school.

6-9 Brandan Wright of Brentwood (TN) Academy showed Friday night at the Fourth Annual Blue Chip Shootout why he's considered's No. 3 junior prospect in the nation.

In a losing effort against the Jeffersontown Chargers, the athletic and talented Wright finished with 22 points, 17 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. He also rattled the rim with powerful dunks more than a handful of times and kept his squad in contention until the end.

"My performance was OK," assessed Wright. "I don't think I was assertive throughout the whole game. We fought hard until the end."

In town for Saturday's match-up against Indiana, University of Kentucky coach Tubby Smith and assistant Reggie Hanson attentively watched Wright's performance from press row.

"I talked with him today or yesterday so I knew he was coming," Wright said of Smith.

But the Wildcats aren't the only program pursuing Wright's services in the event he decides to attend college.

"Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas and Georgia Tech to name a few," Wright said of his favorites.

One noticable ommision on Wright's list of favorite colleges was the University of Louisville , a school that he made an unofficial visit to last season. Asked if the Cardinals were still in the picture, Wright responded, "Yes, no doors are closed right now and I'm still open to any school. I like Coach Pitino and the way his team plays and it's similar to the way I want to play. So I'm giving Louisville strong consideration also."

The Cardinals, who signed several talented frontcourt players this November, including 6-9 Amir Johnson, 7-0 Jonathan Huffman and 7-0 Clarence Holloway, still apear to be showing interest in Wright. Asked if Louisville was still actively recruiting him, Wright said, "Yes they are."

However, Wright admitted he is seriously considering a jump to the NBA following high school, potentially making any discussion of colleges a moot point.

"I think about it a lot but I've just got to stay focused on the season," Wright said of the NBA. "We've got to take care of the team thing and the personal stuff off the court comes second."

"It's about 50/50 right now if I go to the NBA or college," Wright continued. "But I'm leaning more toward college right now."

So what would it take for Wright to declare for the NBA Draft directly out of high school?

"Probably a lottery pick, even though I would like to go in the top three [of the draft]," Wright said. "If I were a lottery pick it would be a no brainer to go ahead and make the decision to go [pro] out of high school."

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