One of the best players in the class of 2006, 6-foot-9, 190-pound combo forward Brandon Wright is being recruited by an impressive list of schools. Although just a sophomore, Wright, from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy has narrowed his list to four schools.
“The schools that are really recruiting me are Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Louisville just started showing a lot of interest, UCLA, Alabama, Duke, North Carolina just got into the act, and of course Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Memphis,” said Wright.
Rick Pitino and assistants from Michigan, North Carolina, and Alabama were at Wright’s game against Giles Co. and Tyler Smith. Wright mentioned a couple other schools in particular.
“A couple assistants from Kentucky were at the Father Ryan game Friday,” said Wright. “Duke has been calling Coach Pitts [Brentwood Academy head coach] about me.”
When asked if he has a list of top schools, Wright rattled off Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Indiana.
Wright is averaging 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 blocks on the season. In his last two games, Wright has scored 29 and 30 points for 15-3 Bretwood Academy, but he is not necessarily satisfied with his play.
“A lot of people are telling me I am playing great, but I want to play awesome and dominate,” he said. “Some games I may not play well but still score 25 points. I really want to improve my strength and my three point game or outside game.”
This summer Wright plans to play on his same AAU team, the Murfreesboro Stars, although the name of the team might change.
“I plan on playing for the Murfreesboro Stars,” he said. “We picked up sponsorship from Reebok, and our name could change. We have been playing together for four years, we play really well together. We will be going to tournaments in Las Vegas and North Carolina, and I am going to play in the ABCD camp this summer.”
Wright played in the Nike Camp last summer and had the chance to play against Greg Oden, perhaps the only 2006 prospect better than Wright.
“He is a nice player,” Wright said about Oden. “He is a pretty good low post player. Like me, he just needs to get stronger.... He is the best player in my class that I have played against.”