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April 23, 2007

UNC freshman Wright heading to NBA

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -North Carolina freshman Brandan Wright plans to enter the NBA draft in June.

The 6-foot-9 forward said during a news conference Monday he doesn't intend to sign with an agent yet - a move that would keep open the possibility of a return to school next year. But coach Roy Williams said Wright was almost certain to remain in the draft.

Wright is expected to be a high first-round pick thanks to his long, lean frame and soft touch around the basket. He ranked second on the team at 14.7 points and 6.2 rebounds a game, joining All-American Tyler Hansbrough on a dominating front line.

He shot 64.6 percent, leading the Atlantic Coast Conference while setting the league's freshman record. He was the ACC rookie of the year - the third straight season a Tar Heel won the award - and was honored as most valuable player of the league tournament for helping North Carolina win its first title in nine years.

Hansbrough said this month he would return for his junior season. Also, Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington said they would be back for their sophomore seasons.

For more on the UNC Tar Heels, visit CarolinaBlue.com.

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