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Julian Emil-Jamaal Wright (born May 20, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for Pallacanestro Reggiana of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA). He played college basketball for the University of Kansas.

Julian Wright
Julian Wright.jpg
Free agent
PositionPower forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1987-05-20) May 20, 1987 (age 32)
Chicago Heights, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolHomewood-Flossmor
(Flossmoor, Illinois)
CollegeKansas (2005–2007)
NBA draft2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
Playing career2007–present
Career history
20072010New Orleans Hornets
2010–2011Toronto Raptors
2012Austin Toros
2012–2013Maccabi Rishon LeZion
2013–2014Krasnye Krylia
2014Panathinaikos
2015Bnei Herzliya
2015Cangrejeros de Santurce
2015–2016Dolomiti Energia Trento
2016–2017Trabzonspor
2017–2018Pallacanestro Reggiana
Career highlights and awards

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High school careerEdit

Julian Wright played competitive basketball at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Illinois. There he led the Vikings to second place in the IHSA state AA tournament his junior year, losing to Peoria Central in the championship game, who were led by future NBA player Shaun Livingston. In 2005, he was selected to the McDonald's All-American team, and he was rated among the top ten basketball players in his class by several recruiting services)[1] due to his talent and versatility. At 6'8" and 225 lb (102 kg), Wright combines good size with excellent athleticism and skills, which allowed him to play numerous positions in high school, including shooting guard, small forward, and power forward.

College careerEdit

Wright entered the 2005–2006 NCAA season for the Kansas Jayhawks as the pre-season freshman of the year in the Big 12 Conference. Though he did not start at the beginning of the season, he quickly played his way into the starting power forward slot. His superior athleticism often allowed him to score baskets simply by virtue of his having beaten the defense down the court. A highlight of his freshman campaign may have been against the University of Texas in the Big 12 Tournament Championship game when he put an exclamation mark on KU's win with two magnificent breakaway slam dunks in the closing minutes of the game. During his freshman season, Wright averaged 8.5 points per game, but he was praised more for his ability to help his team without scoring. He was named to the All-Big 12 Tournament Team and the All-Big 12 Freshman Team along with fellow Kansas freshmen Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers. During the 2007 Tournament, he was again placed on the All-Tournament Team. Wright garnered national attention for a 33-point performance against the Missouri Tigers.

For his play during the 2006–2007 season, Wright was named a third team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches' All-America Team.[2]

Despite statements to the contrary, on Monday, April 9, 2007, Wright announced that he was making himself eligible for the NBA Draft. He hired an agent, making him ineligible to return to school prior to the draft.

Professional careerEdit

Wright was selected as the 13th overall selection in the 2007 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets. In his rookie season in the NBA, Wright averaged 3.9 points per game and 2.1 rebounds per game.[3] On October 26, 2009 the Hornets picked up the option on Wright's contract for the 2010–11 season.[4]

On August 11, 2010, Wright was traded to the Toronto Raptors for Marco Belinelli.[5]

Wright signed with the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League in February 2012.[6]

In October 2012, Wright signed with Maccabi Rishon LeZion of Israel.[7]

In September 2013, he signed with Krasnye Krylia of the VTB United League.[8]

On October 16, 2014, he signed with Panathinaikos of the Greek League.[9] On December 31, 2014, Panathinaikos decided to terminate his contract.[10] On January 9, 2015 he signed with Bnei Herzliya of the Israeli Premier League for the rest of the season.[11] On June 8, 2015, he signed with Cangrejeros de Santurce of Puerto Rico for the rest of the 2015 BSN season.[12]

On August 4, 2015, Wright joined Italian Serie A side Dolomiti Energia Trento for the 2015–16 season.[13]

On July 17, 2016, Wright signed with Turkish club Trabzonspor.[14] On May 1, 2017, he parted ways with Trabzonspor after averaging 13.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.[15] Three days later, he signed with Italian club Pallacanestro Reggiana for the rest of the 2016–17 Lega Basket Serie A season.[16]

On September 21, 2017, Pallacanestro Reggiana announced the return of Julian Wright.[17]

On August 30, 2018, Wright signed with Levallois Metropolitans in France.[18]

However, in February 2019, Wright left Levallois after a dispute with the team.[19] He later posted a video on Linkedin explaining the situation.[20]

NBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 New Orleans 57 1 11.2 .533 .417 .635 2.1 .7 .5 .2 3.9
2008–09 New Orleans 54 19 14.3 .466 .095 .567 2.8 .8 .6 .4 4.4
2009–10 New Orleans 68 14 12.8 .500 .333 .610 2.1 .6 .4 .3 3.8
2010–11 Toronto 52 6 14.7 .512 .200 .512 2.3 1.1 .8 .4 3.6
Career 231 40 13.2 .499 .262 .584 2.3 .8 .6 .3 3.9

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 New Orleans 11 0 11.9 .455 .222 .833 1.6 .5 .9 .1 4.3
2009 New Orleans 4 0 8.0 .429 .000 .500 1.5 .5 .0 .3 2.0
Career 15 0 10.9 .451 .222 .700 1.6 .5 .7 .1 3.7

Personal lifeEdit

Wright is known for his interest in bowling. His hometown is Chicago Heights, Illinois and he attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School class of 2005.[21]

Awards and HighlightsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ See Class of 2005 rankings by Scout.com and Rivals.com.
  2. ^ "Three Big 12 Players Named To NABC All-America Teams" Archived March 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Big 12 Conference, March 10, 2007
  3. ^ Julian Wright Yahoo Sports Profile
  4. ^ Hornets exercise option on swingman Wright
  5. ^ "Raptors Acquire Wright From New Orleans". NBA.com. August 11, 2010. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  6. ^ Julian Wright joins the D-League; Paul Pierce, Mario Chalmers and Markieff Morris take part in All-Star Weekend
  7. ^ Julian Wright. basket.co.il
  8. ^ "Krasnie Krilya adds Wright to their roster, ex Maccabi Rishon". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  9. ^ "Panathinaikos adds Wright". paobc.gr. October 16, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  10. ^ Panathinaikos, Julian Wright part ways
  11. ^ Bnei Herzliya signs Julian Wright and Deron Washington
  12. ^ Julian Wright signs with Cangrejeros de Santurce
  13. ^ "Trento signs big man Wright". EurocupBasketball.com. August 4, 2015. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  14. ^ Julian Wright signs with Trabzonspor
  15. ^ Trabzonspor, Julian Wright part ways
  16. ^ Julian Wright signs with Reggio Emilia
  17. ^ Julian Wright returns to Pallacanestro Reggiana
  18. ^ Julian Wright Signs with Levallois
  19. ^ Julian Wright Leaves Levallois Metropolitans, Plans to Play in G League remainder of season
  20. ^ "Julian Wright Publishes Video on Why He Left Levallois Metropolitans". BallersAbroad.com. March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  21. ^ "SI.com - Campus Reports: West Division - Mar 21, 2007". CNN. March 21, 2007. Retrieved May 7, 2010.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Shaun Livingston
Illinois Mr. Basketball Award Winner
2005
Succeeded by
Jon Scheyer