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Utah Basketball : Utes appear headed in the (Delon) Wright direction

Brother of Trail Blazers forward shines in Utes’ backcourt.



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Wright was a recruiting steal for the Utes. He had offers from Gonzaga, Washington, Washington State and drew interest from just about every school in the Pac-12. He chose Utah because he had a chance to play right away for what was a struggling team under Krystkowiak. While sophomore forward Jordan Loveridge became the first major in-state recruit for the program, Wright became the first real national get for Krystkowiak.

"He’s been great for us," Krystkowiak said. "He’s been a great player, but he’s also been a very good leader with his play. He’s worked hard at every part of his game and he’s someone who could garner a lot of attention down the road."

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Delon Wright file

Essentials » 6-foot-5, junior point guard

From » Los Angeles

Before Utah » Went to prep school in Philadelphia and played two years of junior college ball in San Francisco.

This season » Averaging 15.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6 assists per game.

Siblings » Is the younger brother of Portland Trail Blazers forward Dorell Wright.

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Through 11 games as a Ute, Wright has already had some signature moments. He had 23 points, 12 assists and six rebounds in a win over Fresno State. He had 15 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists against Boise State. But his ability to lock up BYU’s Matt Carlino defensively in Utah’s win over the Cougars may be what Ute fans remember the most.

As a 10-year pro, Dorell Wright thinks Delon could someday join him in the league. He recalls those summer nights when established players approached him and bragged about Delon’s game. He smiles, knowing that the hardships Delon went through paid off for him. Then, the smile fades, knowing that there’s still work to be done.

"He definitely has the talent and the IQ to play at that level," Dorell Wright said. "He’s a great playmaker. He has to fill out his body, grow into his body and develop a more consistent jumper. But he can take over a game. He just fills the stat sheet."

tjones@sltrib.com




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