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

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

As time passes and the number of victories by the Utes grow, Wright has grown more comfortable with his surroundings — just as DuBois envisioned.

“I just didn’t want him at another Pac-12 school. I think it’s been really good for the community to see what type of all-around player he is, and the team has really benefitted from the fact he can do so many different things.”

A bright future

DuBois said the exciting thing about Wright is that the best is yet to come.

“He hasn’t even reached close to how good he’ll be, which is fun, DuBois said.”

Wright’s skill set is on a high trajectory. Morris, who also coached Dorell and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in high school, ranks him in the same territory.

“Delon is right up there with those guys, just as far as effectiveness and guys you want on your team to win a game,” Morris said. “He is definitely up there at that point. You win a lot of games with a guy like Delon.”

That, however, could be good or bad news for Utah basketball fans. The lure of an NBA career may be growing.

“I’m going to be an honest big brother to him. Once the season is over, you evaluate yourself, you evaluate where you think you can go in the draft and then whatever else happens after that happens,” Dorell said. “I can’t tell him because I’m a kid that didn’t go to college. So if it’s the best situation for him, you’ve got to do it. If not, it’s back to school — finish school and come back and do it again.”

Dorell, though, is confident Delon can play at the next level.

“Yeah. No doubt. Yes sir. He’s definitely an NBA guy,” Dorell said. “I see a lot of Rajon Rondo in his game, a guy that doesn’t have to score but can impact a game in different areas.”

Dorell’s Portland teammate Earl Watson told him that he sees a lot of Gary Payton — without all the scoring — in Delon’s game.

“He’s able to impact the game on both ends of the floor and can win you games. When you’ve got a guy like that, that’s a valuable player,” Dorell said. “His shot and his jumper, that will come around. I was never a great shooter when I came out of high school. I developed that.”

Delon noted that getting more comfortable with and gaining confidence in when to take outside shots is something he would like to work on before moving on to the next level.

However, Delon has yet to decide what his immediate future holds.

“I’m not really sure. It depends on what kind of feedback I’m getting at the end of the year. But I’m pretty much going to be back next year,” Delon said. “But I’ll see what happens after the season with it. I’m not really worried about it right now.”

Email: dirk@desnews.com

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