Wright said, "I just thought it was the best for me in the long term. It's UCLA. And to go into a program with great athletics and academics, and in a great conference, and have a chance to have a big impact early, that's important to me."
Wright also cited the players and coaches as big factors in his decision.
"I also chose UCLA because of the players there. I felt really comfotable around the guys, the new guys they have. I felt I had a really good relationship with Arron (Afflalo), Josh (Shipp) and Jordan (Farmar). And I like the guys they already have. They kind of remind me of my teammates back home, and I knew I'd be comfortable with them."
UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland was also a deciding factor. "With Coach Howland, I'm very comfortable playing for him. I believe in him as a coach. I believe he's going to make me better, and make the program better and we'll have a lot of success there."
When did Wright reach his decision? "I actually came to the conclusion during my official visit to Stanford. I really wanted to see Stanford, and when I was there I was going over everything in my mind. They were all three great choices, but I wanted to go back home after my Stanford trip and go over everything for sure and think about it for a week."
Wright said his parents were behind him. "They were happy with my decision. They gave me their input, but the final say was mind. I made the decision by myself." Wright, who said he's up to 230 pounds, said, he feels, first and foremost, relief. "It's a great relief. Now I can focus on my senior year in high school. Then I'll be able to build good relationships with the UCLA players and coaches. I chose UCLA really as a challenge. It's a great school, and in basketball I realized they have a need for someone to come in and help them achieve greatness. That challenge was a big thing for me."