Watching Namon Wright, you can see similarities in his game and that of current Utah guard Delon Wright.
The first thing that stands out is his length. Namon has long arms, and he uses them effectively on the defensive end. Has the ability to grow into a lock-down defender and will rack up steals with his quick hands. Quite instinctual as well, which helps him anticipate passes and slide into passing lanes. He's a 2.5 steals a game guy at the next level.
His handle needs a little work and appears moderately sloppy, but unlike Delon Wright, he won't dominate the ball at the next level, instead playing off of it. The shot is a work in progress. Not consistent enough and the release is fairly slow. Wright is never going to be a high level scorer (20+ per) at the next level. He's not polished enough on the offensive end to be, but can be a stat sheet stuffer in the same way Wright is, and there's not a team in the country that wouldn't love to have the overall output that Delon Wright gave Utah last year. Namon Wright can do the same.
An above average athlete, whichever school lands Namon Wright will be getting an tremendous player that will be an impact guy on both ends.
Does Utah need Namon Wright? Life will continue if they don't get him, but he can make a team that is already good move up a notch to very good or great. They also need a guy like Wright on the court as much as they need the commitment from a guy like Wright. Landing a kid of his caliber will be a statement and show the rest of the world that Utah basketball is back. It's one thing to land a local prospect in Brekkott Chapman. It's something else to go out of state and land an elite level player when you're a program that two years ago was finishing up a six win season. The fact that the Utes are getting an official visit is a win in itself considering where they've been recently. If they land him, throw Larry and Company a parade.
Looking at the situation as a whole, it's hard not to say that this wouldn't be an ideal situation for Namon Wright. He's from the same high school as current Ute Brandon Taylor. He's of an athletic caliber that Utah doesn't have a ton of on the team right now. He'd get to learn from coaches that have done as good a job of developing players the last two seasons as anyone in the Pac 12. And Utah NEEDS a shooting guard with his size and skill-set. His commitment could give Utah a legitimate claim as the second best team in the conference heading into next season behind Arizona.
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