Electrifying Julian Wright Reigns As Class of 2005's Top Prospect

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Electrifying Julian Wright Reigns As The Class of 2005’s Top Prospect

Brian Stinnette
September 11, 2003

Homewood-Flossmoor’s Julian Wright, an electrifying player on the basketball court, reigns as the top basketball prospect in the state of Illinois for the Class of 2005. Wright is considered by some to be one of the Top 5 Class of 2005 basketball prospects in the country.

For now, Julian Wright checks in at 6-8. However, he is likely still growing, and is expected to top out at about 6-10. Wright, who has outstanding skills both around the basket, and out on the perimeter, can be best described as a “point forward”. He has a strong handle, shoots with range, slashes to hole, has excellent passing skills and instincts, rebounds, and is a stellar shot-blocker.

Wright is electrifying on the basketball court. He loves to lead the break, and show off his passing skills, by delivering pinpoint, no-look lasers to his teammates. The long-armed Wright regularly draws gasps from the crowd with both his dunking and shot-blocking skills. If that isn’t enough, Wright can step out, and drop jumpers with range out beyond the three-point arc.

Wright has a chance to develop into a great basketball player. His size and skill package are uncanny. He is actively looking to add both weight and muscle. Wright is now up to 205-pounds, which represents a gain of some 15-pounds of muscle from last season. It is almost scary to think how good Wright could become once his body is fully developed.

Wright burst on to the national scene this summer while playing on the AAU circuit with the Illinois Warriors. Next year, with Wright, Josh Tabb (Century) and Jon Scheyer (Glenbrook North), the Warriors figure to be one of top attractions nationally on the AAU circuit.

Wright is a high priority for many of the top basketball programs in the country. Illinois coach Bruce Weber will be among those observing Wright at Homewood-Flossmoor this week. Arizona, Duke, Indiana and a bevy of other high profile programs are looking to make a bid for Wright’s services.

With Wright leading the way, Homewood-Flossmoor, which returns all five starters from a year ago, could be in position to be a state title contender this year. In the early Chicago Hoops preseason rankings, H-F sits in the #4 position.