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Published: Wednesday, March 26 2014 8:44 p.m. MDT

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StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

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 Utah" team.

U 90
Corona, CA

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.

MiP
Iowa City, IA

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!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

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 16

Onward and upward to PAC 12 glory

Next season I think a top 3-4 in the PAC 12 is very possible.

Thanks for the season utes.

jpc53
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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 be drafted.

Alpiner
Alpine, UT

Good news for Utah but a mistake for this kid. He should go to the NBA while he is a hot commodity.

Yankees24
SLC, UT

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.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

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.

oldcougar
Orem, UT

Why wouldn't he come back?

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@Old Cougar

Because 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.

pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

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

GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

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.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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.

starthillnotnelson
Kamas/United States, UT

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.

Gone fishin
PAC Country, CA

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.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

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. "

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

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.

Samwise
Eagle Mountain, UT

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.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

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.

ekute
Layton, UT

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.

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