Pundits expect Delon Wright to be drafted late in the first round. If they're right, he'll make history for the City College of San Francisco.
Wright would be the first former CCSF basketball player to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, and the highest to be drafted since the Phoenix Suns picked Dean Garret with the 13th pick in the second round in 1988.
Wright, 23, found success at Utah this year; he won the Bob Cousy Award and was voted Second Team All-American. But before he stepped onto NCAA's big stage, he played two seasons for Rams head coach Justin Labagh.
And Labagh is confident Wright will develop into a solid NBA player.
"I think he contributes as a rookie," Labagh told CSNBayArea.com. "He's a sparkplug-type player where he can get in there and get a block, get a steal, stuff like that. But I think he's going to be an impact player in about three years, where teams are leaning on him as a starter."
Wright averaged 14.5 points, 5.1 assists, 4.9 rebounds for Utah last year. And Labagh's scouting report paints an attractive picture.
"He's a total versatile player that fills up the stat sheet," Labagh said. "A team guy, doesn't say a lot -- a quiet kid. But his teammates love him. And the nice thing about him is he was the hardest worker on the team. When your best player is your hardest worker, you're going to have a pretty good team."
Still, even his former coach knows there are areas Wright must improve to ensure a long NBA career.
"He's going to have to get stronger and his 3-point shot is going to have to get more consistent," Labagh said.
He might look a bit familiar to Golden State fans as the younger brother of former Warriors swingman Dorell Wright. And Labagh cites summer games with his older brother and friends as one reason for Delon's development into a do-it-all point guard. Growing up competing against older, talented players, Delon's early role was not to shoot the ball, his job was, "Don't screw up."
"He's a guy that's supposed to get steals, go chase down rebounds, make hustle plays and not turn over the ball," Labagh said. "And that's basically his game now -- he just does everything. He's more of a do-everything kind of guy and the brother is more of a shooter and a pretty good defender."
Delon's quest to make CCSF history will come into focus Thursday night in New York, but the NBA Draft is just the beginning of Wright's next chapter.