Matt Gade, Deseret News
Utah Junior Delon Wright poses for a portrait at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Monday, February 10, 2014.

College basketball statistical expert John Pudner says Utah guard Delon Wright is the No. 1 player in the nation this upcoming season, according to Reid Forgrave of FOX Sports.

Purdner based his calculations on the number of points a team would lose if a certain player couldn't play and the team had to use a backup. According to Pudner's analysis, Wright is worth 13.17 points to the Utes. That puts him in first place by a full 2.58 points.

"Finished No. 2 to Shabazz Napier last season," Pudner wrote. "A guard who hits 62% of his two-pointers, is in the top 1% in steals on and keeps up that pace for 91.7% of his team's minutes is hard to top. He almost single-handedly pushed Utah to No. 42 in Pomeroy's ratings last year."

Read the rest of Pudner's analysis, as well as his Top 10 players and teams for 2014-15 here.

Lafe Peavler is a staff sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.