McD: Brandan Wright Spotlight

SAN DIEGO --- He's been through all of the practices and the scrimmages, he's competed -- and finished as a runner-up -- in the team ball competition and now Brandan Wright is ready to really play. He'll finally get his chance tonight as he and his East teammates battle their counterparts from the West at the Cox Arena.

"It's very fun, getting to play with all of the top players in 2006 because people say it is one of the deepest classes in a while," Wright told Inside Carolina. "We've got a real athletic team on the East squad, it's going to be a lot of fun."

Included among his teammates on the East are a couple of guys -- Wayne Ellington and Tywon Lawson -- that Wright is going to be spending a lot of time with down the road. According to Wright, the opportunity to play alongside future teammates has only added to the experience.

"Hopefully we'll be on the court at the same time," said Wright. "It's been real cool with them. They are both great guys, they share the ball and we are having a lot of fun."

No stranger to high profile high school events, Wright has always looked forward to playing in the McDonald's All-American Game. Unlike events earlier in his career where he was trying to impress coaches or scouts, Wright looks at this one a little differently.

"I think I'll be able to block some shots and be that high energy guy."
"You just got to go out there and play, you can't worry about trying to outdo one person or the other," said Wright. "You also have to have fun with it. You're out here in San Diego with the nice weather and all of those kind of things to. I just want to go out there and have fun and be competitive."

Wright also looks at the game as an opportunity to prepare himself for college. Unlike high school where he towers over the competition, tonight's game and college have plenty of players bigger and stronger than him.

"I've just got to get used to the physicality of the game," said Wright of the transition. "Everybody is going to be going hard, it will be tough."

As his high school career winds down, Wright can't help but get excited for his arrival at North Carolina. He also hopes that Carolina fans are excited to see him play.

"I think I'm a player that can make a lot of plays in the open court," said Wright. "I think I'll be able to block some shots and be that high energy guy."

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