The Wright stuff: Delon a perfect fit for Utes basketball program

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26 2014 10:25 p.m. MST

Another proud family member is Wright’s older brother Dorell, a 10-year NBA veteran who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers.

“I’m very proud,” Dorell said. “I’m proud of him not only as a basketball player but as a person as well — a student-athlete who is taking care of business.”

Dorell is especially pleased to see his little brother succeed after all the hard work he has put in.

“I don’t try to overwhelm him with a lot of different advice and stuff like that. I just try to coach him on the little things I see, the little gray areas,” Dorell said. “He’s a smart kid. He has a high basketball IQ and he’s going to be real good. He has a lot more room to improve, so that’s always good. I just try to coach him on the things I see him doing wrong or things he can do better like being aggressive.”

Dorell has challenged Delon to get to the free-throw line at least five times every game because of his footwork and ability to get to the basket. He’s encouraged his sibling to use such advantages to make himself and his teammates better.

Dorell, though, realizes that his brother's style of play isn’t based on aggressive scoring. Morris told Dorell that Delon’s game was more about getting everyone involved.

“When I understood that, I understood his game more,” said Dorell, who noted that Delon has really taken Morris’ advice to do things other than score to heart.

As such, Delon isn’t a scorer like Dorell.

“We are two totally different players. I was never that smart on the court. I made a lot of bad decisions. He’d get himself in trouble here and there but that comes with being a point guard,” Dorell said. “I was more just a scorer. I really didn’t learn how to play and get guys involved until I got to the highest level of basketball. I was able to be coached like that and that’s something, that’s a talent he has now — being able to get guys involved, making guys around him better.”

Dorell noted that Delon continually develops his skills by playing with guys who are equal or better than him during the offseason — such as participating in the famed Drew League with NBA players and college stars in Los Angeles.

It’s proven to be quite beneficial.

“I’m sure it’s super valuable to see his older brother succeed and be able to help his younger brother navigate some of the things that take place,” Krystkowiak said.

The Wright brothers are close. They communicate on a regular basis. Dorell even found his way to watch Delon and the Utes play at Washington State and UCLA this season in the midst of his NBA schedule with the Trail Blazers.

“Our relationship is real good. He’s had a big impact,” Delon said. “He’s showed me things I need to do better and he’s helping me develop my game.”

Dorell is also a big supporter of the path Delon is taking off the court. Although he never played college basketball himself — opting for an opportunity to turn pro straight out of high school instead — Dorell places a great value on Delon getting an education.

“Getting your education is definitely important. That is why I somewhat like the age limit and guys having to go to school for two years. I think it’s perfect because a lot of kids are immature. A lot of people don’t know how to live on their own,” Dorell said. “You get to learn a lot going to college — managing your money, the little money that you do have — and you cherish those things.”

As such, he likes the opportunities and experiences that Delon is having in college.

“I love the fact that he’s getting his education,” Dorell said. “He’s hitting the books hard and he’s trying to become a better person and a player.”

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