Wright Set to Sign

Brandan Wright – the top power forward in the country – will put his signature on the dotted line at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

The Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) senior forward and fifth-rated player overall in the Class of 2006 will join five other UNC commitments tomorrow and sign a letter of intent to play for Roy Williams next year.

Brentwood Academy coach George Pitts confirmed that Wright intends to sign the letter on Wednesday morning, the first day of the early signing period.

"It's going to be special," Pitts said. "When he came here in the ninth grade, I'd never seen Brandan play before – but I had heard about him. I knew he was going to be a special player, but I wasn't really sure what that meant."

"You could tell when he was a sophomore that he was going to be one of the best in the country," added Pitts. "He and his mom handled the whole recruiting process extremely well. He couldn't have gone wrong with any of his choices, but it's an honor that he's going to play at North Carolina for Roy Williams."

"I know he's really excited about tomorrow," he continued. "When he went to North Carolina, I think he knew from the get-go that's where he was going to go. He texted me several times that he thought that was it."

Pitts said that although Wright is an elite player and arguably the prize of the Tar Heels class, along with Tywon Lawson and Wayne Ellington, he still needs to improve.

"The main thing is he's got to work on his body and get stronger," Pitts said. "He's worked hard in the last four years, but he's still got a lot of improvement in that area."

"He also needs to work on his perimeter skill level," Pitts added. "Handling the ball and shooting from the perimeter. He'll probably be a four, but he'll have some opportunities to play the three."

Wright won his second Mr. Basketball award last season, averaging 20.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.4 blocked shots en route to Brentwood's third straight state title. They'll begin their quest for a fourth in the season opener on Nov. 29.

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