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

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  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2014 7:29 a.m.

    Gone fishin...

    byu is a run and chuck program just like Rose draws it up. No defense, no assists, just throw the ball at the basket and hope for the best. You can see how well Rose's coaching philosophy has served the Fredette kid in the NBA. Further, the way the Utes mopped the floor with your cougs this year it should be clear even to you that one player doing all the scoring is not a successful in the college game.

    Rose was handed a healthy program and has taken it no where.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 2:22 p.m.

    There is more to the game then just scoring the ball. Delon does it all.

    Go Utes!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 28, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    Don't you know that the highest scorer in the state is always the best player in the state? The highest scorer will always be the most successful in the NBA too. Just look at Jimmer as an example ... oh wait ... never mind!

    Delon Wright is the class of the state!

    Go Utes!!

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    Gone fishin- Haters, Jimmer, political spin? That's your best argument?

    I like the stats Uteology uses better myself. Great discussion.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 9:38 a.m.

    Gone fishin,
    Delon wasn't here for the past 13 games.
    Who are you calling haters under a Delon Wright, Utah Utes article?

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 28, 2014 7:28 a.m.

    @Gone fishin

    I just looked at the stats, can you please share with us which two BYU players average more PPG than Wright and the other two that are right on his heels?

    BYU's top scorers are:

    Haws: 23.3 PPG (1st in State), 3.8 RPG (8th), 1.4 APG (6th)
    Carlino: 14.1 PPG (4th in State), 3.6 RPG (8th), 4.5 APG (3rd)

    Utah's top scorers are:

    Wright: 16.3 PPG (2nd in State), 6.8 RPG (5th), 5.4 APG (1st), SPG 2.6 (1st), BPG 1.4 (1st)
    Loveridge: 15.3 (3rd in State), 7.4 RPG (4th), 2.6 APG (5th)

    Source: ESPN

    Utah has two players in the top 5 in the state in each offensive category. So yes Wright is the best player in the state by a mile, and Loveridge is the 2nd best.

    And I won't even compare their defensive abilities, since BYU doesn't play defense.

  • UU Provo, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 12:51 a.m.

    @ Gone fishin "BYU on the other hand have two players that average more point per game"

    Wrong. BYU's second leading scorer averages 14.1, while Wright averages 16.3

    Wright is easily the best player in the state:
    Points - Haws
    Rebounds - Wright
    Assist - Wright
    Steals - Wright
    Blocks - Wright
    FG Percentage - Wright

    Wright averages 2 times more boards than Haws, 4x more assists, 2x more steals, and 5x more blocks

  • bigutefan Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 28, 2014 12:26 a.m.

    Delon Wright is the best player in the PAC-12, he won't win Player of the Year due to the Utes overall record, but he does it all. I just hope he stays another year at Utah, if he works on that outside shot he will be a lottery pick that actually contributes in the NBA. He is so special, it has been a gift to be able to have watched him this year, and hopefully next year. GO UTES!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 27, 2014 10:19 p.m.

    @Gone fishin

    BYU on the other hand have two players that average more point per game and two others that are right on DW's heels.
    Please take the crimson glasses off.

    ---------

    And none of them are NBA prospects. I wonder why? Put your eyeglasses back on.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 27, 2014 10:14 p.m.

    Gone fishin
    Seattle, WA

    Not even close to being the best player in the state, not by miles. The ONLY reason he is stuffing the stat sheets is that there is no one else that can put up any stats game after game worth mentioning. He is a one-man team.

    -----------

    One man team? Utah is 10-0 when 4 or more players average in double digits.

    Loveridge is the 2nd best player in the state.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 7:35 p.m.

    Gone fishin,
    Your 2 on 1 lost... by 17 points

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 7:31 p.m.

    gone fishin

    The discussion is all-around players, not 3 point chuckers.

    Delon is 6th in blocks, 2nd in steals, 4th in Assists, 3rd in FG % and 8th in scoring in the PAC 12.

    The closest player byU has to Delon is Collinsworth. However, he does not pose the offensive threat that Delon does. Not even close really if you consider the competition.

    Sorry cougs, and....

    Scoreboard!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 27, 2014 7:18 p.m.

    Gone fishin--

    "Not even close to being the best player in the state, not by miles. The ONLY reason he is stuffing the stat sheets is that there is no one else that can put up any stats game after game worth mentioning. He is a one-man team.

    BYU on the other hand have two players that average more point per game and two others that are right on DW's heels.
    Please take the crimson glasses off."

    Lol Take it further and note averages on FG%, Assists, Rebounds, Blocks, Steals, Points allowed, etc....Then further break it down into how each does when the competition escalates.

    There's a reason The U thoroughly whooped byu and why byu lost to every then currently ranked opponent in OOC and why they needed to catch Stanford/Texas in early November [Games 2 & 5, respectively]....As I've pointed out previously, byu is ill-equipped under dr to ever make a deep run in The Tourney due to their utter lack of commitment to playing sustained/focused D all game long/game in & game out [i.e., byu ranks 327th in points allowed].

  • Gone fishin Seattle, WA
    Feb. 27, 2014 6:51 p.m.

    Not even close to being the best player in the state, not by miles. The ONLY reason he is stuffing the stat sheets is that there is no one else that can put up any stats game after game worth mentioning. He is a one-man team.

    BYU on the other hand have two players that average more point per game and two others that are right on DW's heels.
    Please take the crimson glasses off.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 27, 2014 3:02 p.m.

    Great article Dirk! Delon is a great kid who has been great for the Utes. Let's hope he sticks around for 2014/2015 when Utah completes its comeback.

    Go Utes!!

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 1:37 p.m.

    I can't believe this has not come up before but Delon reminds me a lot of Andre Miller.

    Both.... from LA
    taller, longer PGs who can beat you up in the post
    quite and unassuming personalities
    the ultimate team players
    "stat-stuffers" instead of shooters

    I love this kid and he CAN be special. Andre special? Who knows? Fun to think about.

    Go Delon and Go Utes!

  • King of the Hill Baltimore, MD
    Feb. 27, 2014 1:26 p.m.

    Dirk, easily your best article ever.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 12:08 p.m.

    I love watching Delon play. He clearly knows the game and is always looking to improve his play. I just wish we had him for a few more years, but we'll take him for the time we do. Once he graduates we should have others in place to step up. Delon is just one of many reasons to be happy and proud about Runnin' Ute basketball again.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 27, 2014 12:06 p.m.

    "The losses to the Washington schools, Colorado, and Arizona State really hurt our chances to make the tournament."

    We beat UW/ASU at home in our Game 2s and have chance to do likewise w/CU this week....Losing at WSU was our sole bad loss, in spite of whooping them at home later on.

    However, losing at RPI #77 UW isn't horrible and losing at #26 CU/#30 ASU definitely aren't bad losses.

    We had some upgrades to our OOC schedule fall through last second previous to this season, but it's the only reason we won't dance, IF we don't win our conference tourney....What happened is nobody anticipated we'd be this far ahead of schedule merely two years later....We'll have significantly tougher OOC schedules going forward, naturally.

  • chicagoborn Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 11:27 a.m.

    @Chris B
    I really think you should consider dropping the "PAC 12 Utes" stuff. I'm starting to think you just want to make Utah fans look bad. Delon is definitely the best player in the state of Utah and it's not very close. The losses to the Washington schools, Colorado, and Arizona State really hurt our chances to make the tournament.

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 11:01 a.m.

    How obsessed do you have to be to come on an article about a great young man and whine about our OOC schedule? IF the Utes have a great run in the conference tourney and make it to the NCAA tourney that's just icing on an amazing come back from the dumpster season.

    It's all about the trajectory that the team is on. Patience is still in order for Ute fans.

    Right now, we are celebrating Delon as a player and the progress the program is making. We are rightfully thrilled that Coach K and his staff could recognize Delon's talent and entice him to come to the U.

    Go Utes!

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 10:30 a.m.

    LOTR,
    Not only the best player in the state, one of the best players in the conference! This is a young team that's going to go places in the near future. You can't deny that the program has made leaps and bounds since Krystko took over. That's fact! Unlike the incessant byu fluff that we see on these pages. Just a few months after byu failed to make the NCAA's the DN writers and byu fans were back to counting future Sweet 16"s.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 27, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    If Wright can develop his outside shot he will be one of the best players in the nation. Maybe a lottery pick next year?

    Hopefully, he can finish strong this year and make first team PAC-12.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 27, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    LOTR--

    "CB

    Unfortunately for U, your supposed 'best player in the state' wasn't even good enough to lead his team to a winning conference record or a berth in the NCAA tournament."

    I didn't realize DW constructed our OOC schedule two years ago? Furthermore, are you claiming our final 3 conference games have been canceled? How about our conference tourney? And have post-season brackets been finalized?

    What's clear is DW lead us to Ws probably not there, otherwise, and prevented us from suffering a handful of bad losses, such as LMU/Pepperdine/Portland/Pacific....No other player in the state could enhance his team's overall competitiveness as DW did ours....He's not limited to one side of the game, such as O or D, and humbly/unselfishly contributes in every way imaginable and does so against every level of competition, not just against weaker opponents.

  • the REAL DEAL Sandy, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 9:58 a.m.

    Definitely the best player in the state. Utah is very lucky to have found him. I hope he sticks around for his senior year. LOTR there is no supposed "best player in the state" with Delon Wright. The seasons not over yet.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 9:32 a.m.

    Best player in the State, and one of the best in the PAC 12. If he improves his shot from the outside he could be one of the best in the country.

  • ute_fan South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 9:21 a.m.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the article! It's been a pleasure watching Delon play this year, and hope he decided to return for his senior season.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Feb. 27, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    Great article

    Sounds like Delon is just a good all around dude, with a lot of good people around him.

    I love Dubois is helping him as well, he was another stud on and off the court.

    I think Wright accelerated the rebuilding process by at least a year, possibly 2.

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 8:15 a.m.

    A very nice article about a very special player. I don't recall watching a player in the state in recent memory who can do so many things so well. One thing about his game is his uncanny ability to finish at the basket without getting a charge, even when there are two or three defenders around the rim. Another of his strengths is his ability to block shots, even over guys 5 and 6 inches taller than he is. Great passer, too.

    For anyone reading this who hasn't seen the Utes play this year, I'd suggest you take the time to watch him over the next few weeks. This kind of player doesn't come around that often.

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 8:10 a.m.

    Fantastic article. Great young man! Great Running Ute!

    I've just bought season tickets for next season. I am stoked to watch Delon, Loveridge, Taylor, et al, and the new young guns that will be joining the team. Next year could be really special.

    Go Utes!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 27, 2014 8:10 a.m.

    At the start of the season I thought Loveridge was the best Ute. Now I don't think it's even close; it Wright; hands down. He is the real deal. I like this team. I realize they have lost some real heart breakers but they are always in the game. They don't get blown out. The NIT is fine with me; especially considering there are no seniors on the team.

    Go Utes!

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 11:14 p.m.

    And great article, Dirk! I loved hearing from so many sources in this article, his parents, brother, high school coach, childhood friend/former Ute JD, Coach K, and current teammate. Well done!

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 11:09 p.m.

    Delon just seems like a really special guy to have on the team, in a lot of ways. Can't recall a time I've seen him lose his cool, whether it's with other players fouling him hard, teammates making mistakes, with coaches, refs, any of that. His talent and smarts on the court are undeniable, and he's always humble, ready to give other teammates credit for his brilliant plays.

    Really glad, for him personally as well as the team, that he's been determined to improve in the classroom and work hard academically to be able to play at the highest level of college ball. Bravo, young man. Now work on that jumper this summer and be ready to lead an even better team to a special season in 2014-15!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 11:09 p.m.

    Best player in the state: delon wright of the PAC 12 utes.

    Nearly every commentator who covers Utah game say he'll be in the nba.

    Coach k predicted Utah will win the tournament.

    And considering our naysayers said we would be dead last in the PAC 12 this year, keep up the doubting!