Well, NBA scouts are at his games, which isn't a great sign:
Just before Julian Wright and No. 3 Homewood-Flossmoor took the floor at the KMOX Shootout on Thursday in St. Louis, a bevy of NBA scouts and assistant general managers including B.J. Armstrong, Danny Ferry and Danny Ainge grabbed seats at center court. The KMOX Shootout is the event that made the preps-to-pros dreams of Kevin Garnett, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry, Shaun Livingston and Amare Stoudemire a reality.
But it's not that simple:
Opinions on Wright's chances of joining that group of players remain sharply divided, but there is no doubting the quality of his team. The Vikings cruised past Webster Groves, the top-ranked team in Missouri, 55-41.
Wright seems a bit wiser than his years when talking about his play though:
"When I get in the game it is all about getting the win,'' Wright said. "I would be a fool to think about that other stuff.''
His numbers aren't gaudy, but he seems to have a nose for winning and for scale:
According to recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons, the majority of NBA scouts at the shootout thought that Wright should forget the NBA talk and head to Kansas next season.
"Julian knows what a big stage this is, and what an opportunity it is to play in front of those kind of people,'' said Glenbrook North's Jon Scheyer, a close friend of Wright. "I don't think he'd go to the NBA unless he was a very high pick. He's excited about going to college.''
Change 'college' to Kansas, and everyone would understand why he was so excited...