Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Wright finds form

Wing has 14 points, 7 boards


The real Julian Wright returned Tuesday night.

After a pair of non-Julian Wright games, Kansas University's high-flying, vocal wing went back to being his old self - filling up all areas of the stat sheet and chatting up a storm - in KU's 89-54 rout of Tennessee State in Allen Fieldhouse.

Wright finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 25 minutes on the floor.

"I just think I needed to have more bounce, energy to start it off, and can't wait for everyone else," he said. "I feel I can be an aggressive player.

"Sometimes I get a little antsy, or I don't get aggressive.

"Coach told me he'll take that every day, and as long as I'm playing with intensity, energy, trying to boost the morale of the team out there, slapping hands, high-fives, talking, communicating : those are what my strong points are. I haven't been playing with those intangibles lately. But I'm trying to get better at it."

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On top of scoring in the first half, Wright was key in the transition game and provided a defensive aura in the low post against TSU.

"Him starting good doesn't have anything to do with him making baskets," KU coach Bill Self said. "He's too much of a thinker. He thinks way too much. Tonight he was just out there playing and reacting."

The scoring wasn't a bad add-on, though. Wright was a wholesome 4-of-4 from the free-throw line and had a couple of electrifying dunks, which ignited a less-than-capacity Allen Fieldhouse audience.

Those types of plays fall right in line with what Self wants to see more of from his lengthy do-it-all forward.

"We're starting to practice better, and everyone's starting to realize that if we have strengths, even if it's not scoring or defense, that you can bring them to the team," Wright said. "I know that's one asset I have is trying to boost everyone up and getting them to play at a higher intensity level."


mitch 13 years, 2 months ago

Julian's excitement is contagious. He is an artist with the ball. His creativity makes him fun to watch and difficult to defend. Enthusiasm & intensity. Both words are good descriptors of his style of play. Go Wright! Go 'Hawks!!

Leprechaunking13 13 years, 2 months ago

I love when he blocks shots it's so rediculous! He could be 15 feet away but his monkey arms still get to the ball in time swat the hell out of it.

DSommersby 13 years, 2 months ago

Julian is the main cog of this team. When he is in the game good things usually happen. He is one of the best passing players in the game.

He needs to start dominating even more on the boards. He and Brandon Rush have the capability to grab 8-9-10 rebounds a night every game. They just have to go after it and do it!

muleish 13 years, 2 months ago

scenebooster-relax, "monkey arms" is just fine to describe wright's limbs. He is ALL arms and legs. I liken him to Stacy Augmon's nickname from his days at UNLV..."Plasticman!"

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