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Julian Emil-Jamaal Wright (born May 20, 1987, in Chicago Heights, Illinoismarker) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets. He played collegiately for the University of Kansasmarker.

High school career

Julian Wright played competitive basketball at Homewood-Flossmoor High Schoolmarker in Flossmoor, Illinoismarker. There he led the Vikings to second place in the IHSA state AA tournament his junior year, losing to Peoria Central in the championship game, who were led by Shaun Livingston of the Los Angeles Clippers. In 2005 he was selected to the McDonald's All-American team, and he was rated among the top ten basketball players in his class by several recruiting services) due to his talent and versatility. At 6'8" and , Wright combines good size with excellent athleticism and skills, which allowed him to play numerous positions in high school, including point guard, small forward, and power forward.

College career

Wright entered the 2005–2006 NCAA season for the Kansas Jayhawks as the pre-season freshman of the year in the Big 12 Conference. Though he did not start at the beginning of the season, he quickly played his way into the starting power forward slot. His superior athleticism often allowed him to score baskets simply by virtue of his having beaten the defense down the court. A highlight of his freshman campaign may have been against the University of Texasmarker in the Big 12 Tournament Championship game when he put an exclamation mark on KU's win with two magnificent breakaway slam dunks in the closing minutes of the game. During his freshman season, Wright averaged 8.5 points per game, but he was praised more for his ability to help his team without scoring. He was named to the All-Big 12 Tournament Team and the All-Big 12 Freshman Team along with fellow Kansas freshmen Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers. During the 2007 Tournament, he was again placed on the All-Tournament Team. Wright garnered national attention for a 33 point performance against the Missouri Tigersmarker.

For his play during the 2006–2007 season, Wright was named a third team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches' All-America Team.

Despite statements to the contrary, on Monday, April 9, 2007, Wright announced that he was making himself eligible for the NBA Draft. He hired an agent, making him ineligible to return to school prior to the draft.

NBA career

Wright was selected as the 13th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets. In his rookie season in the NBA, Wright has averaged 3.9 points a game and 2.1 rebounds a game.On October 26 2009 the Hornets picked up the option on Wright's contract for the 2010-11 season.Wright is represented by Rob Pelinka.

Personal

Wright is known for his interest in bowling. His hometown is Chicago Heights, ILmarker and he attended Homewood-Flossmoor High Schoolmarker class of 2005.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2007–08
New Orleans
57 1 11.2 .533 .417 .635 2.1 .7 .5 .2 3.9
2008–09
New Orleans
54 19 14.3 .466 .095 .567 2.8 .8 .6 .3 4.4
Career
111 20 12.7 .494 .267 .610 2.4 .7 .6 .2 4.1

Playoffs

2007–08
New Orleans
11 0 11.9 .455 .222 .833 1.6 .5 .9 .1 4.3
2008–09
New Orleans
4 0 8.0 .429 .000 .500 1.5 .5 .0 .2 2.0
Career
15 0 10.9 .451 .222 .700 1.6 .5 .7 .1 3.7

References

  1. See Class of 2005 rankings by Scout.com and Rivals.com.
  2. "Three Big 12 Players Named To NABC All-America Teams", Big 12 Conference, March 10, 2007
  3. Julian Wright Yahoo Sports Profile
  4. Hornets exercise option on swingman Wright
  5. SI.com - SI On Campus - Campus Reports: West Division - Wednesday March 21, 2007 1:37PM


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