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September 20, 2012
Wright heads to Pac-12
Delon Wright long to make a final decision about where he wants to play next. After visiting Pac-12 program Utah this past weekend, the 6-foot-5 inch, 185 pound prospect decided to make it official on Thursday by committing to play for the Utes.It didn't take City College of San Francisco guard
"I just felt like Utah was a good place for me to be. Their program going to be on the rise this year, and I'm just hoping I could add on to that when I get there next year," Wright said.
Wright, who is a long guard that can play both the one and the two at the next level brings a versatile skill set to the Utes. "I think I'll fit in very well at Utah. They have athletic guys there that I'll be able to fit in with. They plan on using me as an off guard, but I'll be playing a little bit of one too," he said.
One of the major factors that helped Wright feel comfortable with Utah was his relationship with recruiting coach DeMarlo Slocum. "I think [Coach Slocum] is a good guy. He started off at USC, and he knows one of my old AAU coaches very well. He's been there since day one. I just feel really comfortable with him, and he helped me a lot with the decision to attend school [at Utah]," he said.
Wright was also impressed with the professional credentials of head coach Larry Krystkowiak. " I think he's a great coach. He's not just out there talking. He's actually played the game, and was in the NBA for 9 years. He played under great coaches like Jerry Sloan and Phil Jackson. He knows what he's talking about and has been at the next level. I really trust him," he said.
According to Wright, the opportunity to play in the Pac-12 conference is another huge bonus that accompanies his decision to join the Utes. "I'm really excited. I get to play against a lot of my friends that play at other schools in the Pac-12. I always watched [Pac-12 basketball] growing up, so I'm excited," he explained.
Before making his final decision, Wright consulted extensively with his parents and his older brother, current Philadelphia 76er Dorrell Wright. "My mom and dad thought it would be a good place for me. My brother knows that Coach has experience at the next level, so he felt comfortable too," he said.
Wright now plans on shutting down the recruiting process and focusing on finishing his JUCO career. He plans on signing his LOI in November. "[My commitment] is pretty solid," he said.