Bright Focuses on Academics and Game

It was a tough choice for Roy Bright. The NBA Camp or ABCD. <P> Bright chose ABCD.

The former Northern Durham (N.C.) star, who transferred to Mt. Zion midway through his junior campaign, is currently attending summer school and was faced with the decision of choosing one or the other.

"I isn't easy having to go to school while most of the top players are at ABCD Camp, but I've gotta do what's best for me," Bright said.

"I like Mt. Zion a lot and my academics are getting better," he added. "It was a good adjustment (from Northern Durham) and I'm happy I made the decision to come here."

The 6-6, 214-pound Bright, who is working on his ballhandling and perimeter skills in hopes of showing college coaches that he can play the two-guard spot, puts Tennessee, N.C. State and Charlotte at the top of his list even though he says he doesn't have a leader.

"N.C. State has always been recruiting me, but it dropped off a little when Archie Miller left because he was the main one recruiting me," Bright added. "It's a good school. I like the way they guard people and how they get up and down the floor."

Bright said that he is unsure on whether the Wolfpack have offered him a scholarship, but he does know that Tennessee, Charlotte, Alabama and Iowa State have all offered. He also mentioned LSU and Wisconsin as schools he is looking at.

Bright said he may take some visits in September, after he travels with the Michigan Hurricanes in the summer (he will attend ABCD, Three Stripes and Big Time), and he intends to make a decision sometime during his senior season.

For now he is taking one class every morning and then hitting the gym with his friend and teammate, Montez Smith.

"We get there at 11:45 and stay until 4," he said. "We shoot 500 three-pointers, then work on ballhandling, then shoot 200 free throws and 300 15-footers."

"I want to show everyone I'm the best player in the class and prove to everyone I'm an All-American," he added. "I want to show people I can play the two, because if I can, I think I'll be really tough to stop."

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