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In 2005, Julian Wright was Mr. Basketball Illinois (best in-state player) and selected as a McDonald’s All-American (ranked #8 by 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 and sport performance trainers who train the same elite players seen in the NBA today. 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

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Accomplishments & Experience


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


Nike Peach Jam Champion & MVP (Illinois Warriors)



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


University of Kansas



Big 12 Regular Conference Champion

Big 12 Tournament Champion

Big 12 All-Tournament Team

Big 12 All-Rookie Team


Big 12 Regular Conference Champion

Big 12 Tournament Champion

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

(2007-2012, 2019, 2021-2022)

New Orleans Hornets (now called New Orleans Pelicans)



1st Round, 13th pick

2 consecutive playoff appearances (2008, 2009)



Traded to Toronto Raptors

Austin Toros (now called Austin Spurs)


NBDL/NBA G-League Champion





4th Place Finish






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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