March 6, 2007

Wright continues to shine

Julian Wright has had an outstanding sophomore campaign for the second-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (27-4; 14-2). For the year, the 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward has averaged 11.1-points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. However, Wright has taken his game to another level during Big 12 play. If the Jayhawks hope to make a deep run in March, Wright, a First Team All Big 12 performer will have to be at his very best.

"When you look at our team from a most-valuable standpoint, not by point production, the defensive efforts and assignments he has drawn have been tough ones and he has done a good job there," said Bill Self. "His value to me is so different because he changes how teams have to play us. He's very good against the zone, is a good interior passer and without question is our best rebounder.

"He's averaging 12 points a game and for a guy at his size to get 13 rebounds in a big game like Texas is very valuable," he added. "I think he's really developed. In scoring points, he's gone from eight to 12, which is a big step, but he is not going to be a prolific scorer. That's not who he is. I know the coaches and media voted him first team in our league and that's good to see that a guy can do so many things to impact a game and it not necessarily be all about points."

Wright had a number of memorable performances during non-conference play. He scored 18-points, pulled down eight rebounds, dished out three assists, blocked one shots and had one steal in the first regular season game of the year against Northern Arizona.

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