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June 9, 2007
UNC's Wright gets focused on NBA Draft
Brandan Wright probably would have turned pro straight out of high school, but the option wasn't available to him.
So the 6-foot-10, 210-pound forward spent a season at North Carolina, and it worked out well for both parties. Wright was named the ACC Freshman of the Year after averaging 14.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks and shooting a conference-leading .646 from the floor. The Tar Heels went 31-7 and were stopped one game short of the Final Four when they fell to Georgetown in overtime.
In the first installment of Wright's NBA Draft diary for Rivals.com, Wright talks about what he's working on in preparation for the draft, his battle to gain weight, and his draft night attire. He did not play at the pre-draft camp in Orlando, Fla., but he did show up to be measured and tested.
How did it go in Orlando? What do you believe you need to work on over the next few weeks?
"It went pretty well. I think I made a pretty good showing in the drills and testing.
"What am I working on? On the court it's ballhandling and shooting the jumper well. Those are the biggest things. That's what the scouts tell me.
"As far as my workouts, I pretty much work out once in the morning for about an hour and then go 90 minutes in the afternoon. The first one is a lot of conditioning, and the second one is a lot of shooting and some ballhandling drills. It's not anything that complicated. It's the same things I'd be doing if I came back to school."
NBA teams would like to see you put on weight. How is that going?
"You always try to gain. Playing in the paint is difficult. I have trouble keeping my weight up, especially during the season. I have to think about how it's processed.
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"I try to eat four or five meals a day. I'm not eating like McDonald's, or any fast food. I'm eating better food, the things that are good for my body. For breakfast, it's sausage, bacon, eggs, oatmeal or cereal, biscuits and toast, orange juice and water. Lunch and dinner it's a lot of baked chicken, a lot of fresh food and greenery. Snacks are crackers, maybe some more chicken."
Which teams have you worked out for or are you scheduled to visit?
"My first workout is in Boston on Monday. You'll know more at a later date. I know I have quite a few lined up. I might swing through Nashville (where Wright is from), but I'm not sure. I may get up one day and say I want to go home. I don't really know if I'll come back through home or not.
Have you thought at all about your draft-night attire? Seems like the rookies have been known to go all out.
"It's in the works. I'm meeting with a few designers. I want to look nice. I'm not the type of guy to go flashy. I'll go my personality – nice, sharp, not too simple, but nothing outrageous. It will be something that will take my focus off the workouts for a little while."
To read more on Wright and his preparations for the upcoming NBA draft return to Rivals.com in the coming weeks..
Bob McClellan is the college basketball editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.