October 13, 2006
Sophomore guard Brandon Rush
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Sophomore to test waters in draft
First Julian Wright. Now Brandon Rush. Kansas University's sophomore class is dwindling at a rapid rate. "This doesn't surprise me," KU coach Bill Self said Friday in discussing Rush's decision to copy Wright and enter his name in the 2007 NBA Draft. "Julian is a potential lottery pick. With Brandon, we were hopeful to get one year, two would be a bonus. The only reason we thought we might get three is this is the strongest draft in recent memory."
As soon as Julian Wright said it wasn't about the money at his farewell news conference, he unofficially stepped out of college and into the professional ranks. Once an athlete says it's not about the money, he has made the leap from kid to commodity.