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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

June 26, 2007


Wright falling?: Maybe it's because he has been slowed by a sprained ankle and not shot the ball especially well in workouts for NBA teams. Whatever the reason, former Kansas University forward Julian Wright is one player whose stock is said to be dropping just days before Thursday's NBA Draft.

ESPN's Andy Katz says that "after talking to a number of teams Monday, the consensus was that the biggest slider in the first round could be Kansas' Julian Wright, who could fall to Washington at No. 16."

ESPN's Chad Ford has Wright the last lottery pick, going 14th to the Los Angeles Clippers.

For what it's worth ... every year, a player or two is said to be dropping in the eyes of NBA scouts, only to appear in the lottery after all.

Wright will work out today in Philadelphia for the 76ers, who have the No. 12 pick.

Wright, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, had balked at coming to Philadelphia in earlier requests, but that has changed now.

"I thought it would work out in the long run," Sixers general manager Billy King said.

Wright will work out with UCLA's Arron Afflalo.

¢ Recruiting: Willie Warren, a 6-foot-3 senior from Fort Worth, Texas, says he definitely wants to attend the same school as Rotnei Clark, a 6-foot sharpshooter from Claremore, Okla.

"We are very close friends and have decided to play at the same school," Warren told

He said Kansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma were the only schools recruiting both players.


Lee Eldridge 10 years, 12 months ago

Wright does not have the ball skills or outside shot that the pros want at the 3. And does not have the size or strength they want at the 4. He's a tremendous athlete that could find it difficult to find a home in the pros. If he ends up on the wrong team he could see a lot of time on the bench.

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