Julian Emil-Jamaal Wright (born May 20, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for Tianjin Pioneers of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He played college basketball for the University of Kansas.
High school career
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) 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.
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.
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.
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. On October 26, 2009 the Hornets picked up the option on Wright's contract for the 2010–11 season.
On October 16, 2014, he signed with Panathinaikos of the Greek League. On December 31, 2014, Panathinaikos decided to terminate his contract. On January 9, 2015 he signed with Bnei Herzliya of the Israeli Premier League for the rest of the season. On June 8, 2015, he signed with Cangrejeros de Santurce of Puerto Rico for the rest of the 2015 BSN season.
On July 17, 2016, Wright signed with Turkish club Trabzonspor. On May 1, 2017, he parted ways with Trabzonspor after averaging 13.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Three days later, he signed with Italian club Pallacanestro Reggiana for the rest of the 2016–17 Lega Basket Serie A season.
On September 21, 2017, Pallacanestro Reggiana announced the return of Julian Wright.
NBA career statistics
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Awards and Highlights
- See Class of 2005 rankings by Scout.com and Rivals.com.
- "Three Big 12 Players Named To NABC All-America Teams" Archived March 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Big 12 Conference, March 10, 2007
- Julian Wright Yahoo Sports Profile
- Hornets exercise option on swingman Wright
- "Raptors Acquire Wright From New Orleans". NBA.com. August 11, 2010. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
- Julian Wright joins the D-League; Paul Pierce, Mario Chalmers and Markieff Morris take part in All-Star Weekend
- Julian Wright. basket.co.il
- "Krasnie Krilya adds Wright to their roster, ex Maccabi Rishon". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
- "Panathinaikos adds Wright". paobc.gr. October 16, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
- Panathinaikos, Julian Wright part ways
- Bnei Herzliya signs Julian Wright and Deron Washington
- Julian Wright signs with Cangrejeros de Santurce
- "Trento signs big man Wright". EurocupBasketball.com. August 4, 2015. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
- Julian Wright signs with Trabzonspor
- Trabzonspor, Julian Wright part ways
- Julian Wright signs with Reggio Emilia
- Julian Wright returns to Pallacanestro Reggiana
- Julian Wright Signs with Levallois
- Julian Wright Leaves Levallois Metropolitans, Plans to Play in G League remainder of season
- "Julian Wright Publishes Video on Why He Left Levallois Metropolitans". BallersAbroad.com. March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
- "Tianjin signs Julian Wright". Sportando. December 10, 2019. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
- "SI.com - Campus Reports: West Division - Mar 21, 2007". CNN. March 21, 2007. Retrieved May 7, 2010.