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

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

Delon acknowledges that they discuss the college experience a lot.

“He tells me to enjoy college because he kind of wishes he was able to experience it,” Delon said. “... So he kind of lives his college through me.”

Excelling at Utah

Following a stint at a Philadelphia prep school and two successful seasons at City College of San Francisco, Wright signed with Utah, choosing the Utes over reported offers from Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s, Washington and Washington State.

Former Ute Jarred DuBois played a role in his decision. He has a really good relationship with coach Morris and has known Delon Wright since the player was in eighth grade

“I knew what impact he could have — not only on this team this year but on this program,” DuBois said. “He’s a program-changing talent, not only his ability on the court but just the type of teammate he is.”

DuBois felt that Wright would fit in well with current Utah players like Brandon Taylor, Dakarai Tucker and Jordan Loveridge.

“I knew that with the guidance of Coach K and the coaching staff that he would really blossom as a player, as a total player,” DuBois said.

Much of Wright’s success, DuBois added, can be attributed to having a father who has done a great job of keeping him level-headed throughout his life. DuBois also credits Dorell for doing a great job of showing Delon what it’s like to act like a professional and maintain a mindset of continual improvement.

“When it’s all over with, you’ll get your due,” DuBois said. “Your time is going to come and you’ll be ready for it. So just keep working and stay positive.”

DuBois is among those committed to doing whatever he can to help the 21-year-old reach his potential.

“I don’t think there’s a limit. I don’t like to talk about potential because it’s a dangerous word. But I think as long as he continues to work, continues to be a sponge that he is, that the sky is the limit,” DuBois said. “Because no one thought that he would be able to do what he’s doing now. So I can only imagine — a year from now, two years from now, what he can do.”

What people don’t realize, DuBois continued, is the amount of energy and basketball IQ it takes on every play to get an assist, grab a rebound, or score on consecutive possessions.

“He always knows where his teammates are and he always knows where the other teams are,” DuBois said. “I don’t know, but he always knows what the next play is going to be.”

Wright made an immediate impact with his Utah teammates. Junior center Dallin Bachynski knew the Utes had something special while playing with him over the summer.

The feeling grew when the season started.

“Once he gets in a game, it’s like two steps up from what he can do without the lights on,” Bachynski said. “So I’m impressed with him.”

Bachynski added that Wright does so much on the floor. As such, there was a smooth transition to the team.

“It wasn’t very difficult just because of the way Delon plays,” said Loveridge. “He’s not a ‘me’ guy. He’s a ‘team’ guy.”

Wright has evolved into a leader for a Utah team in the midst of its first winning season since 2008-09. He readily admits his leadership isn’t vocal. It’s more by example.

“I wanted to come in and prove myself first before I came in trying to be like a leader first,” Wright said. “I wanted to show by example. I wanted the guys to trust me.”

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