After meeting with Kansas coach Bill Self last Thursday evening for an in-home visit, it did not take long for Julian Wright to make a decision about his future. The 6-foot-8, 214-pound small forward from Homewood High School in Flossmoor, Ill., gave a commitment to the Kansas Jayhawks shortly after his visit with Coach Self had concluded. Wright, the No. 10 ranked player in the class of 2005, will visit the Kansas campus during the weekend of Midnight Madness.
“There had not been much communication between Coach Self and I during the summer,” Wright said. “My mother and I wanted to have him come to our house for a visit and just talk to him. The visit with Coach Self went great and I knew that I really wanted to play basketball for Coach Self and the Jayhawks.
“My decision is final and I don’t plan to take any of my scheduled official visits,” he added. “I will visit Kansas during the weekend of Midnight Madness, but that will be the only other visit I take. I just figured there was no point in taking visits because Kansas is the place that I wanted to be.”
Wright, the No. 2 ranked small forward in the class, is versatile enough to play a variety of positions at the collegiate level. Wright stated that playing one specific position is not a concern, but would like to do whatever possible to him the Jayhawks win.
“I am the type of player that has the ability to play inside or out,” Wright said. “I feel comfortable playing the small forward position and the power forward position. Scoring from the outside is an area of my game that I need to improve, but I feel that will happen under Coach Self and the rest of the coaches.
“I know that Kansas has a lot of great players coming in next year, so I am looking forward to working with those guys and improving my game," he added. "The NBA is not something that I am thinking about right now. I am definitely looking forward to arriving at Kansas and playing for a school that is filled with history and tradition.”