Brandan Wright Will Go Pro

North Carolina freshman Brandan Wright said Monday he plans to enter his name in this summer’s NBA draft. Wright doesn’t plan to sign with an agent yet, so there is a small possibility that he might withdraw his name from the draft. However, a return seems very unlikely because he has been projected as the #3 prospect in the draft behind Greg Oden and Kevin Durant.

This past season Wright averaged 14.7 ppg and 6.2 rpg, and he shot 64.6% from the field. He ended up as the ACC rookie of the year — marking the third straight season a Tar Heel had won the award.

NBA scouts like Wright’s length, versatility, and shot-blocking abilities. Wright is 6 foot 9, and his wingspan is well beyond 7 feet. I love Brandan Wright and I think he has tremendous potential, but I don’t think he will be an impact player next year like Oden and Durant. There are several areas of his game that still need improvement.

  • Free throw shooting (he barely shot 50% from the FT line last season)
  • Post defense
  • Ball handling
  • Outside shooting
  • Post moves

At UNC Brandan Wright was able to settle for short hook shots and dunks, but this type of game won’t cut it at the NBA level. NBA teams want tall, athletic guys that can take players off the dribble, shoot the three, and create their own shots — Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, and Tracy McGrady.

Honestly, I think that Wright would have benefited from another year under Roy Williams at UNC. He could work on his game without the NBA pressures, win a National Championship, and boost his stock to become the #1 pick in the 2008 Draft. I just hope that he doesn’t turn out to be another Marvin Williams (a.k.a. Professional Benchwarmer).


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