Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Raptors Pick Delon Wright's Family Draft Celebration Makes TMZ

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Raptors Pick Delon Wright's Family Draft Celebration Makes TMZ

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Raptors draft pick's celebration makes TMZ


TORONTO - Only a few hours after Delon Wright made it to the NBA, he made it to TMZ.

The infamous gossip website posted a shaky video of Wright's emotional family (including brother Dorell, a bench forward for Portland) boisterously celebrating after the Toronto Raptors drafted the point guard Thursday.

A red-eye flight from L.A. and a couple hours of restless sleep later, the 23-year-old had yet to see the clip -- but might be glad to have the moment documented, given how surreal it felt.

"Shock went through my body, honestly," said Wright, selected with the 20th overall pick. "My brother jumped up before me so I didn't even get to make it up. I saw him jumping and I (realized) I got my name called.

"It was a funny feeling."

"It was priceless," added his mother, Stacy Adams Wright, who accompanied her son to Toronto alongside father Ray.

"(Delon) kept saying: 'Mom, can you sit on the couch? Just sit there. Sit on the couch.'"

His family's enthusiasm was understandable, given circuitous route Wright took to the NBA -- a destination that certainly never felt assured.

After growing up in L.A. with an athletic aptitude that extended to football and especially baseball, Wright struggled academically and didn't graduate high school. When a subsequent stint at a Philadelphia prep school went sour, his family worried for his future in basketball.

He spent about four months where he "wasn't doing anything" except working out. Eventually, he looked at "one of the only options (he) had," and Wright enrolled at San Francisco City College.

Out of the spotlight at a junior college, Wright excelled. Twice he earned Coast Conference player of the year honours and, in his sophomore year, he led his team to a 27-3 record.

His play caught the attention of Division I teams and he was recruited to the University of Utah. …

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