WHERE IT ALL STARTED

In 2005, Julian Wright was Mr. Basketball Illinois (best in-state player) and selected as a McDonald’s All-American (ranked #8 by rivals.com). He played the next 2 years collegiately at a high-major university such as The University of Kansas. Wright went on to play his first 4 years as a professional basketball player in the NBA (2007 1st round, 13th pick overall - New Orleans Hornets 2007-2010 | Toronto Raptors 2010-2011). Lastly, Wright played in the NBA Development League (G-League) with the Austin Toros (2012 Champion) before enjoying overseas basketball for 10 straight years. 

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What allows Julian's basketball training to stand out is that he's lived it; he has been trained by elite basketball trainers who train the same elite players seen in the NBA. These trainers were keen to assess what he needed to work on, yet shaping his career by encouraging him to continuously work on various skills. His résumé certainly makes it easy to define him as an ALL-PURPOSE player.

 

At 6 feet 8 inches in height while weighing 235 pounds, Wright played point guard in high school, power forward at The University of Kansas, small forward in the NBA, and power forward/center overseas. Every stop of the way, he worked on his skills even if certain skill sets of his were not heavily utilized by coaches during certain (parts of) seasons depending on their philosophy. 

Julian has reached a point where he fully understands the nuances of progressions in skill sets that are detected by those in positions who can advance one’s athletic career. His goal is to assist clients with getting ahead of the curve. 

Wright has developed a keen sense of what high school coaches look for in middle schoolers, what college coaches look for in high schoolers, what general managers look for in pro draft prospects, and what international teams look for in American (USA passport) players. (It’s a completely different style of basketball played overseas.) 

 

In closing, Wright's desire is to convert players into Jacks and Janes of all trades, masters of multiple skills. As in the case of various industries, employers are seeking employees who can wear different hats regardless of their official title within a particular organization.

 

Now, it’s no different within the basketball world as it’s common to see guards posting up and being one of the team’s best rebounders (i.e., Donovan Mitchell, Luka Dončić and Russell Westbrook) as well as front court players who are their team’s best passer; seemingly walking and breathing triple-doubles (e.g., Nikola Jokić, Draymond Green, Candace Parker, Elena Delle Donne, and Giannis Antetokoumbpo).

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2007 NBA Draft Night - Coach Wright shaking hands with former NBA Commissioner, David Stern.  

Coach JuJu and former NBA teammate, Chris Paul

Accomplishments & Experience

HIGH SCHOOL
(2001-2005)

Homewood-Flossmoor High School (15 miles south of Chicago, IL)

 

3-year Varsity Starter

 

2004: IHSA Class AA State Final Runner-Up [Lost to Shaun Livingston’s Team, Peoria Central High School (Peoria, IL)]

3rd-Team All-State Selection

AAU

Nike Peach Jam Champion & MVP

 

2005:

Illinois Mr. Basketball (Best high school player in the State of Illinois)

2nd-team Parade All-American

Jordan Classic Participant 

McDonald’s All-American

Ranked 8th Overall by Rivals.com

NCAA
(2005-2007)

University of Kansas

 

2006:

Big 12 Regular Conference Champion

Big 12 Tournament Champion

Big 12 All-Tournament Team

Big 12 All-Rookie Team

2007:

Big 12 Regular Conference Champion

Big 12 Tournament Champion

3rd-Team All-American (National Association of Basketball Coaches)

NBA/BIG3
(2007-2011, 2019, 2021-2022)

New Orleans Hornets (now called New Orleans Pelicans)

 

2007-2010: 

1st Round, 13th pick

2 consecutive playoff appearances (2008, 2009)

 

2010-2011:

Traded to Toronto Raptors

2019

BIG3 Participant

4th Place Finish

2021

BIG3 Participant

2022

BIG3 Participant

INTERNATIONAL 
(2012-2022)

Israel (2012-2013)

Defensive Player of the Year

 

Russia (2013-2014)

EuroChallenge Participant

 

Greece (2014)

EuroLeague participant

 

Israel (2015)

Israeli League Rebounding Leader

 

Puerto Rico (2015)

Puerto Rican League Semifinalist

 

Italy (2015-2016)

Italian League All-Star Selection

 

EuroCup Participant

EuroCup Semifinalist

All-EuroCup 2nd Team

Italian League Quarterfinalist

 

Turkey (2016-2017)

Turkish League All-Star Selection & Game MVP

 

Italy (2017-2018)

EuroCup Participant

EuroCup Semifinalist

 

France: (2018-2019)

French League All Star Selection

Highest Player Efficiency Rating

China (2019-2020)

Taiwan (2020-2021)

Player Development Coach

Taiwan (2021-2022)

Taiwan League Finalist

Mexico (2022)

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