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Utah basketball: Ute star Delon Wright tells Larry Krystkowiak he's coming back

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  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 31, 2014 8:43 p.m.

    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 rating.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    March 31, 2014 10:18 a.m.

    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.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    March 30, 2014 6:22 p.m.

    Jack rus

    Nice job of basing a programs past, present and future on one game. That's awesome and par for the course.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    March 29, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    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?

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    March 29, 2014 10:41 a.m.

    "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.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    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.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    March 28, 2014 2:27 p.m.

    @Spokane Ute
    and 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.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 28, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    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.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    March 27, 2014 5:44 p.m.

    @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.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    March 27, 2014 5:35 p.m.

    @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.

  • Go Utes! Go Yale! Salt Lake City, UT
    March 27, 2014 4:10 p.m.

    @ 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.

  • romeisn'tburning layton, ut
    March 27, 2014 3:42 p.m.

    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 at consistently.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 27, 2014 3:30 p.m.

    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.

  • Cougar Blue 1 Henderson , NV
    March 27, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    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.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    March 27, 2014 1:48 p.m.

    @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.

  • Hegdehog Bountiful, UT
    March 27, 2014 1:11 p.m.

    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.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 27, 2014 12:10 p.m.

    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.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    March 27, 2014 12:02 p.m.

    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.

  • Samwise Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 27, 2014 11:58 a.m.

    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.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 27, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    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.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 27, 2014 11:23 a.m.

    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. "

  • Gone fishin PAC Country, CA
    March 27, 2014 10:37 a.m.

    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.

  • starthillnotnelson Kamas/United States, UT
    March 27, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    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.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 27, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    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.

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    March 27, 2014 8:35 a.m.

    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.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    March 27, 2014 8:29 a.m.

    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

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    March 27, 2014 8:11 a.m.

    @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.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    March 27, 2014 6:55 a.m.

    Why wouldn't he come back?

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    March 26, 2014 11:56 p.m.

    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.

  • Yankees24 SLC, UT
    March 26, 2014 10:13 p.m.

    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.

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    March 26, 2014 9:57 p.m.

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

  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 26, 2014 9:12 p.m.

    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.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2014 8:13 p.m.

    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.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    March 26, 2014 7:41 p.m.

    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!

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    March 26, 2014 7:07 p.m.

    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.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 26, 2014 6:31 p.m.

    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.