Vols wrong for Wright?

The top sophomore basketball prospect in Tennessee doesn't rank the homestate Vols among his favorites.

Brandan Wright, a 6-foot-9 power forward, averaged 24 points per game in 2003-04 and recently led Brentwood Academy to a 27-7 record and the Division II state championship. He is regarded by some as one of the top five sophomores in America.

Tennessee shows up nowhere in his top five, however. Instead, he lists Louisville, Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke and Indiana.

Here's what Wright had to say about each program in a recent interview with Mike Hughes of InsideTheVille.com:

North Carolina: ''I like their style of play and Coach (Roy) 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 (Tubby) 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.''

Wright added that Louisville's late-season struggles haven't reduced his interest in Coach Rick Pitino's Cardinals.

''Not at all,'' Wright said. ''It doesn't change my interest in them at all. They had a lot of injuries and that affected how they played late in the season. I like their style of play and how they get out on the break. 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.''

For now, Wright says the teams in his fab five are all tied for the top spot.

''There's no order,'' he said. ''I don't want to rank them yet so you could put a '1' by all of them right now.''

Tennessee has missed the NCAA Tournament field three years in a row, going 15-16, 17-12 and 15-14 during that stretch. Unless the Vols get the ship back on course quickly, they'll blow any chance they might have had of landing a premier in-state prospect.


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