BigCougar, while I don't disagree entirely with your assessment, I'll
point out a few things. First, they already have a first team all-conference PG.
His current backup/backcourt mate already had a year of starting experience in
the PAC-12. Barring an injury, that's all the depth a team needs to get
through games.Regarding Isaiah Wright, the recruit you mentioned,
teams don't need to have a Chris Paul or Trey Burke type starting PG to be
successful, they just need the right one. Look at Arizona this year. CJ
McConnell is one of very few on their team that isn't an NBA prospect.
He's small, not extremely fast or explosive, doesn't shoot great. He
started college at Duquesne. But he was the exact player Arizona was looking for
to make their team complete, because he ran their offense how they needed it,
and he's a tough defender. I'm not saying whether I. Wright will be a
success or not, because we have no idea, but I trust Coach's assessment of
his ability to play team ball with the stars recruited more than his individual
setting all the predictions of Pac12 greatness lunacy aside, I think despite the
embarrassingly weak preseason schedule, it's clear to see the utes under
Krisko are headed in the right direction. The addition of Brekkot Chapmon will
be another nice piece and give them a player with some nice length and
athleticism. He and Kuzma will battle each other for playing time which will
help help the utes lack of depth.Big problem that still remains is
the overall lack of a bench and the lack of Pac12 caliber PG. This incoming
recruiting class by Krisko once again doesn't address that and in fact he
was battling schools like Montana, Portland, Santa Clara etc for a PG that no
Pac12 schools even bothered to offer.The utes are taking steps in
the right direction, they're just very tiny steps.
Jack rusNice job of basing a programs past, present and future on
one game. That's awesome and par for the course.
One player makes a wise decision to stay his senior year and the fans are
predicting conference domination and tournament ambitions.Are those
predictions based upon the repeat of last year's preseason schedule?
"BYU is probably hoping they don't draw Loyola Mary, Portland State,
Pepperdine or Pacific."Why?BYU exacted revenge on
every one of those teams during the season and proved that the Cougars were the
better team when all was said and done.The only thing that the Utes
proved was they're weren't good enough to get into the Big Dance for
the 8th time during the Dave Rose era.
I think he decided to stay in hopes of having another shot to not miss 4 free
throws in a row with the game on the line against Arizona.
@Spokane Uteand you base your statement on what? the fact that they lost
but it was only by a few points? if a W is a W then isn't an L and L no
matter by how much. The selection committee must not calculate in close losses
and overtime into who gets into the big dance, by your logic the Utes should
have been chosen by a landslide to get in. Of course there is only way to go but
up when you're consistently at the bottom as the Utes have been for 3
consecutive years. And hate to burst your bubble but losing in the first round
in the NIT is not the sign of a team going no where but up.
2015 mock drafts currently have Delon going anywhere from 25th to 40th overall.
Developing a perimeter game offensively would improve his stock considerably.The NBA sleeper in the state, in my opinion, is Kyle Kuzma, who
redshirted for the Utes this year when the NCAA wouldn't clear him after
his late decision to forego his last year of prep school and enroll in college.
@Gone fishin "Utah will still be a middle of the road conference team and
will still end up about .500 in the pac and about .500 on the season unless of
course they pull the same worthless trick of scheduling Jr. high school teams in
the preseason"Utah scheduled Jr. high team during
non-conference, BYU scheduled them during the conference season (see Loyola
Mary, Pepperdine, San Diego, Portland, Pacific, Santa Clara). That's 10
Jr. high games to go along with Mesa State, North Texas, and Prairie View.
@BigCougar "Ute fans are praying they don't get St Mary's in the
1st round of the NCAA next year."BYU is probably hoping they
don't draw Loyola Mary, Portland State, Pepperdine or Pacific.
@ StGtoSLC:Thank you for sharing the ESPN analysis"If you're looking for a team to be a spoiler in next year's
NCAA tournament, look no further than the Utah Utes... Overall, the Utes will be
skilled, deep and, most importantly, experienced. By the time March comes
around, Utah should be a squad every team in the country will need to be aware
of heading into the tournament. "Uh oh, Lone Peak JC. All the
talk of exacting revenge in the HC is going to be a much taller order than any
YBU fan would care to admit. Better start working on stronger defense and more
passing...your boys will need all the help they can get.
People, NBA scouts gave Delon a 2nd round draft prediction this year and told
him he could possibly improve to a 1st rounder with a strong senior season.
Fortunately, he has an older brother, that is in the NBA, who advised him to
stay in school. Delon has a greater chance of being a 1st rounder, or even
playing in the league, than any Lone Peak or Provo High alum. Delon actually
plays solid defense and passes the ball. Something Coach Rose players struggle
BigCougar"Ute fans are praying they don't get St
Mary's in the 1st round of the NCAA next year."Actually,
I'd love to see Utah open against St Mary's next year. That would
probably mean no worse than a seven seed for the Utes since no team from the WCC
outside of Gonzaga will ever get better than a 10 seed. I could certainly get
excited about that kind of season ... not to mention the opportunity to exact
some revenge on the Gaels.
Utes finally have a decent player and now he is ready for the NBA? Please, no
one either on BYU or Utah would be a 1 or 2nd rounder in this years draft.
Let's let reality prevail here guys.
@StGtoSLC"On Utah: "If you're looking for a team to be a
spoiler in next year's NCAA tournament, look no further than the Utah
Utes... Overall, the Utes will be skilled, deep and, most importantly,
experienced. By the time March comes around, Utah should be a squad every team
in the country will need to be aware of heading into the tournament. "ute fans are praying they don't get St Mary's in the 1st round
of the NCAA next year.
Was he mulling over offers to play in Europe, Israel or the Phillipines? Smart
move staying, he needs to get an outside shot if he hopes to play NBA D League.
Gone fishin,You couldn't be more wrong or more cynical. The Utes will
be contenders in the PAC and Delon will be a frontrunner for player of the year.
Mark it down. Go Utes.
Gonefish posted"(Utah will) still end up about .500 in the pac
and about .500 on the season" I'm curious as to what you
base this statement on; other than an extreme bias against Utah Basketball? Do
tell. Utah finished 9-9 in confence play this year. Of the 9 loses, 6 were by 3
points or less, or in over time. Utah returns all of there players except 1,
Lenz. They return the top 7 scorers. I hate to burts your bubble, but this team
is going no where but up; as they have for 3 consecutive years.
That is good news for the Utes for sure. It will make it that much harder for
BYU to exact revenge for this year's embarrassing loss. But revenge will be
exacted in the Marriott Center for sure (I am just assuming that we play each
other next year in basketball and it will be at BYU, if I am wrong go ahead and
correct me). Oh yea, it also gives Utah a slight chance of making the NCAA
tournament finally, or at least of winning a game in the NIT.
Those of you who think Wright should go to the NBA this year need to look at the
competition he has. Too many guys rated higher than him. He can improve his
stock for next year with another year of experience and some improvement to his
outside shooting. Patience will pay off for Delon.
Cool article on ESPN the other day about predicted Giant Killers in next
year's NCAA tournament. 4 teams were listed: St. Joe's, BYU, Utah and
SMU. Interesting, though, that much of what was cited as BYU's NCAA
tournament potential is actually not likely to be in effect next year, as I
believe Mika, Emery, TJ Haws, and potentially others noted are expected to be
away next season, and Collinsworth's status of recovery will play a factor
in the season, as well.On Utah: "If you're looking for a
team to be a spoiler in next year's NCAA tournament, look no further than
the Utah Utes... Overall, the Utes will be skilled, deep and, most importantly,
experienced. By the time March comes around, Utah should be a squad every team
in the country will need to be aware of heading into the tournament. "
It is a long time between now and the start of the next season. Wright may
change his mind when the NBA draft gets closer. Loveridge is NOT an NBA
prospect. He was absent for most of the season and had terrible numbers. The
NBA likes talent. BYU may have a few NBA prospects next year but not really
this year. Although Collingsworth had great numbers he is a little soft on
defense. It does not really matter if Wright stays or goes Utah will still
be a middle of the road conference team and will still end up about .500 in the
pac and about .500 on the season unless of course they pull the same worthless
trick of scheduling Jr. high school teams in the preseason.
Great for Wright. Although I think he would be great in the NBA this year, a
year to improve wouldn't hurt. He will be one of the top PG prospects
next.As for Haws, he will go undrafted, a career similar to Davies so far.
Mika should be drafted late, and Collinsworth will be in the D-League or
overseas. Loveridge will go undrafted, but should have a good career.Great
to see both BYU and Utah making progress. Both should make great strides in the
next few years.
Yankees24"Top NBA prospects in the state in no particular order:
Delon Wright, Kyle Collinsworth, Tyler Haws, Eric Mika, and Jordan
Loveridge."Outside of Delon Wright the only one on your list
that has much of a chance will be Eric Mika. I know there'll be people who
think Tyler Haws will be in the NBA, and he probably has an outside chance, but
I'd bet money he won't make it or won't stick anywhere for long.
He'll make some great money overseas though.
Great news! As good as Wright is, he still has things to work on to improve his
overall game before he enters the NBA draft, especially his confidence in his
outside shooting. He also needs to assert himself a little more down the
stretch. Again, I think it's a confidence issue.Spokane Ute,
your post was excellent. Very well stated and very accurate as to the
challenges talented young underclassmen face when they begin to emerge as
bonafide pro prospects.
I think he definitely made the correct choice. He knows what he
needs to work on, but he is so good at a myriad of things, and definitely makes
the team around him better.Looking forward to seeing Delon and the
rest of the team continue to improve and grow.Go Utes
@Old CougarBecause when you are a first team all PAC 12 selection,
as a Junior, with the numbers Wright put up; he's a solid and legitimate
NBA prospect who could be drafted late or signed as a free agent. Quite often
agents, friends and fans start telling a player how great he is, and how much
money he could make in the NBA. The player's Ego inflates and he makes the
jump. Or the player has academic issues, so returning is not an option. Wright
has made a great decision here. IMO His stock will rise, and his draft status
will solidify with another year at Utah.I hope that helps.
Why wouldn't he come back?
Good.Work on...No lazy passes to other players.Less dribbling...After dribbling the shot clock down to 5 seconds
or less...No dumping off the ball to other players on the wing like its some
kind of hot potato.No air mailed passes.3 pt.
shooting.Playing every possession like it means something.Thanks.
Chris,The top 3 NBA prospects are not all on the U's basketball
team. Thanks for the laugh though. I do agree that Delon Wright is an NBA
prospect but that's where it ends with the U's team. Top NBA prospects
in the state in no particular order: Delon Wright, Kyle Collinsworth, Tyler
Haws, Eric Mika, and Jordan Loveridge.
Good news for Utah but a mistake for this kid. He should go to the NBA while he
is a hot commodity.
Where was he going to go? If you aren't assured of going in the first round
stay in school and improve your skills. As good as he is I doubt he would even
Utah may very well have the top 3 nba prospects in Utah The number
one is wright. And it's not even close. Finishes .500 in the
second best league in the nation, a conference that has 25% of its conference in
the sweet 16Onward and upward to PAC 12 gloryNext season
I think a top 3-4 in the PAC 12 is very possible. Thanks for the
Sweet! That's great news. He's a solid kid and it's great to see
him coming back.Congrats to for JO and Brandon Taylor making the
academic team. Strong work!
Great news! Delon is the best guard at Utah since Andre Miller. He needs to
work on building up his body strength and improve outside shooting from 15 feet
to the 3 point line. Another year at Utah will help him accomplish this before
he enters the NBA.
Heard reports of Wright's return surfacing over the weekend. I think
it's a good move for him, and it obviously makes the team much better than
without him. Great job to JO, Brandon, Dallin, Dakarai and Renan!
They may as well have named the All-Academic team the "All-Stanford and