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Top 10 2014-15 Utah Athletics storylines: #10 Delon Wright wins Cousy Award

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It was a resurgent year for Utah basketball, and it was all spearheaded by the point guard, No. 55 Delon Wright. The JC transfer from the City College of San Fransicio had a great two year stint at The U. His senior season was one of the best in a long time for the Utes, and was the primary cog that got the team back to the Sweet-16.

On the season, Wright averaged almost 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, plus two and a half steals per game. He was a stat stuffing machine, and was a force on both sides of the court. He had great games against Kansas, where he led the Utes back from a 20-point deficit and almost pulled off the big road win, and BYU, where he quieted 20,000 screaming Utah haters. The attention he drew the entire season when he had the ball in his hands made the job easier for his teammates, like Brandon Taylor, Jordan Loveridge and Jakob Poeltl.

He had multiple All-Conference and All-American awards in the post season, but the biggest accolade he received was being named the winner of the Bob Cousy Award, which is awarded nationally to the best point guard in the country.

The recognition Wright received after his senior season was the highest for any Ute basketball player since Andrew Bogut was named National Player of the Year in 2004-05. Wright beat out the likes of T.J. McConnell of Arizona, Tyus Jones from Duke, Kevin Pangos from Gonzaga and Fred VanVleet of Wichita State University. Wright actually matched up against three of the other finalists (Jones, McConnell and VanVleet). Unfortunately, Wright only had one win versus those other point guards, with the biggest loss coming to Duke and Tyus Jones in the Sweet-16.

So Wright winning the Cousy Award starts our top-10 of Utah storylines from the 2015 season. Check back with us as we unveil the rest of the list.