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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.
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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.CarolinaBlue.com.