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Delon Wright extra: Utes were among the first to recruit him

Published September 20, 2012 6:56 pm

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In an interview with The Tribune on Thursday evening, new Utah commit Delon Wright said his long-time relationship with first-year Utah guard Jarred DuBois played a heavy role in his decision to commit to Larry Krystkowiak's staff. You can read all about that in the dead-tree version of The Tribune (or, uh, right here).

But for most fans, I suspect the burning question is this: If his brother (Dorell Wright) is good enough to play in the NBA, is Delon? Obviously, with the guy just one year into his college career and having not yet faced Division I competition, that remains unknown and is probably an unfair thing to put on him. However, I did ask who tends to win in those familiar one-on-one, brotherly matchups.

"I'm not as good as him," Wright confessed. "I give him a run for his money now. He's taller and stronger."

The stronger part will be an immediate area of focus for the Utes. But the idea of a 6-foot-5 guard with experience playing point guard must be tantalizing for Utah, which hasn't had that kind of backcourt presence in, well, ever.

Anyhow, Utah was among the first teams to descend on Wright, the guard said, when the recruiting period opened in July.

"It made a big difference," Wright said, "because they were there with me from the beginning and I really appreciated it."

Oh, and regarding the question that always gets asked of California recruits coming to Utah, Wright said he's prepared for the Utah climate. After graduating from high school he spent a year in Philadelphia, where they do, in fact, have snow.

"I'm ready for it," he said.

— Bill Oram