June 15, 2007

Signs point to early draft night for Wright

Brandan Wright doesn't know where he's going in the NBA Draft, only where he has been.

The 6-foot-10 forward out of North Carolina is making the rounds for individual workouts with prospective suitors. On Monday he made his first visit, and it was with the Boston Celtics. The Celtics hold the fifth pick in the June 28 draft.

Thursday he arrived in Milwaukee to be put through his paces by the Bucks. They are picking sixth.

Wright said he also has two individual workouts scheduled for next week in Memphis and in Atlanta. The Grizzlies have the fourth pick; the Hawks are sitting third.

At least Wright won't have to wait long to hear his name called on draft night.

In the second installment of Wright's NBA Draft diary for Rivals.com, the former five-star prospect talks about his experience in Boston, his other travels, what it's like to be "recruited" again, and how he passes the time during all of this jetting around.

What's the latest?

I just got into Milwaukee (Thursday evening). I'll be going out to dinner with the coaching staff, then my workout is (Friday). They already gave me a psychological test. There was nothing too off the wall. They had me putting some shapes together, stuff like that. It's the first time a team has done that so far.

We heard you were in Vancouver last week with EA Sports, prepping to be included in NBA Live 08.

That was real fun. I got to put that suit on and show them my moves and watch the process of how they start to put it together. It's pretty cool to think you're going to be in that video game. We (the six rookies chosen to participate were Brandan Wright, Julian Wright, Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer, Al Horford and Kevin Durant) had a blast.

How was the workout in Boston?

Joakim Noah was there, and Courtney Sims of Michigan. They did some physical testing, vertical leap, standard stuff, then put me through some drills. I was shooting jumpers, showing my post moves. They had a couple of assistant coaches working with me. It was all individual work.

The hospitality has been great everywhere. I guess in a way it's like recruiting because they really treat you well and want you to feel comfortable. But this time they pick you, you don't pick them.

How do you pass your time in airports?

I don't have an iPod yet. I haven't had time to get one. I'm gonna have to put that on the top of my to-do list.

Normally I'm sitting around on my cell phone talking to my family or my girlfriend (a basketball player at Middle Tennessee State). And yes, sometimes I'll do an interview or two.

To read more on Wright and his preparations for the upcoming NBA draft return to Rivals.com.

Earlier entries: Getting focused



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