City College of San Francisco freshman point guard Delon Wright stands at 6-foot-5 and looks like he weighs 150 pounds — with his uniform on.
Wright has a body frame that makes him look like a toothpick, while sporting a miniafro that’s never combed and braces that could have him confused for a young teen.
While Wright’s appearance may deceive opposing teams, he’s also a big part of why the CCSF men’s basketball team has rolled to a 23-2 record and a perfect 9-0 start in the Coast Conference North Division.
Wright has averaged 11.5 points a game on 58 percent shooting from the field, and is ranked in the top 10 in the state in steals, with 65 in the season.
He’s also the younger brother of Warriors swingman Dorell Wright, something you’d never know if you didn’t know him personally because he doesn’t talk about it unless pressed to.
“In high school, people asked me about [Dorell] all the time and it was kind of annoying at times,” Wright said. “I tried not to tell people, but they found out anyway.”
While attending Leuzinger High School in Los Angeles, the same school Dorell attended (as well as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook), Delon experienced a bit of jealousy as students questioned his worthiness of a roster spot.
“I played varsity towards the end of my freshman year, and a lot of kids would say I’m only playing varsity because my brother went to the school and he helps out the program,” Wright said. “They were pretty much hating on me and I just used it as motivation to become a better ballplayer.”
But by his senior year, Delon quieted the critics by leading Leuzinger to the Southern Section Division 1A boys’ basketball championship — the school’s first in 80 years.
Despite earning the CIF Southern Section Division 1A Player of the Year Award, academics forced Delon to Rise Academy, a prep school in Philadelphia, which in turn, led him to CCSF.
CCSF coach Justin Labagh has been pleased with Delon’s play, noting that he’s helped fill the void of a notable departure from last season’s state championship team.
“The void that he’s filled is replacing the player that went to UCLA, De’End Parker, and [he] walked right in [and] arguably plays the position better than De’End,” Labagh said. “You could tell that Delon has played with his brother and other NBA players because he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes on the court.”
Delon has also had the pleasure to play in front of Dorell often this season, a big factor in his choice to attend CCSF.
“He saw me play AAU, but never saw me play one game in high school,” Wright said. “My mom and dad can come see me and Dorell in one trip.”
Being the little brother of an NBA player hasn’t changed Delon’s demeanor one bit, which Labagh says will do him wonders on the next level.
“He’s not flashy and Dorell is not flashy. They’re humble,” Labagh said. “[Delon] gets the big picture, which is moving forward to a [Division I] school.”