By the Numbers
15.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.3 BPG, 2.5 SPG
Why You Should Watch
Like Frank Kaminsky and Terran Petteway, Utah's Delon Wright came out of nowhere as a junior to become one of the best stat-stuffers in the nation.
Actually, he came out of JUCO's City College of San Francisco, where he was named two-time California Player of the Year. But JUCO transfers will never get as much attention as D-I transfers or incoming freshmen, so nobody saw his season with the Utes coming.
Now that we're watching, though, and now that Utah has beefed up its nonconference schedule, Wright could end up being one of the most talked-about players in the country this year.
What You Should Expect
Defense is perhaps Wright's best attribute.
According to Sports-Reference.com, he finished the season tied for second in the country in defensive win shares, finishing just 0.1 points behind Aaron Gordon, despite the fact that Gordon played five more games than Wright. Wright ranked eighth in the nation in steals with 82 while also adding 43 blocked shots.
Then, of course, there's his offense. Wright was a terrible long-range shooter—12-of-54 (22.2 percent) from three-point range—but that didn't stop him from being one of the 10 best scorers the Pac-12 had to offer. And if he wasn't scoring, he was setting up teammates with more than five assists per game.
It's been a decade since anyone was appearing in national headlines for the Utes, but Wright is ready to take that torch from Andrew Bogut in leading Utah to the 2015 NCAA tournament.
Kerry Miller covers college basketball for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @kerrancejames.