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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Great articleSounds 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.
Thoroughly enjoyed the article! It's been a pleasure watching Delon play
this year, and hope he decided to return for his senior season.
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.
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.
LOTR--"CBUnfortunately 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.
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.
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.
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
@Chris BI 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.
"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.
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.
Dirk, easily your best article ever.
I can't believe this has not come up before but Delon reminds me a lot of
Andre Miller.Both.... from LAtaller, longer PGs who can beat
you up in the postquite and unassuming personalitiesthe ultimate
team players"stat-stuffers" instead of shootersI love
this kid and he CAN be special. Andre special? Who knows? Fun to think about.Go Delon and Go Utes!
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
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
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 fishinThe 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!
Gone fishin,Your 2 on 1 lost... by 17 points
Gone fishinSeattle, WANot 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.
@Gone fishinBYU 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.
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!
@ 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 16.3Wright is easily the best player in
the state:Points - HawsRebounds - WrightAssist - WrightSteals - WrightBlocks - WrightFG Percentage - WrightWright averages 2 times more boards than Haws, 4x more assists, 2x more
steals, and 5x more blocks
@Gone fishinI 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: ESPNUtah 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.
Gone fishin,Delon wasn't here for the past 13 games. Who are
you calling haters under a Delon Wright, Utah Utes article?
Gone fishin- Haters, Jimmer, political spin? That's your best
argument?I like the stats Uteology uses better myself. Great
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!!
There is more to the game then just scoring the ball. Delon does it all.Go Utes!
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.