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Malcolm Delaney's shot not at top form

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg has often called Malcolm Delaney a "world-class shooter," and the junior guard has showed why at points in his career. But until very recently this season, Delaney's shot has not been 100 percent as a result of nagging ankle injuries.

"I haven’t been able to jump at all," Delaney said last week, "so it’s been different adjusting, but it’s definitely starting to get back now."

In fact, Greenberg said on Monday night that Delaney's ankles, both of which he sprained at separate times earlier this season, were as healthy as they had felt all season. That could be good news for Virginia Tech (20-4, 7-3 ACC), which hosts Wake Forest (18-5, 8-3) on Tuesday night.

Despite the injuries and inconveniences, Delaney has not experienced much drop off in his production. He leads the ACC with 21.2 points per game in 10 conference contests.

But Delaney has not been as crisp shooting the ball as he probably could be, as he is shooting 36.7 percent from the field, including only 23.2 percent from three-point range. For his career, Delaney is shooting 39.6 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from behind the arc.

Asked last week if his shot was where he hoped it would be, Delaney said, "Definitely not." But then he added that his ankles were getting stronger.

"I’m starting to get my legs," Delaney said. "I haven’t really been able to get a jump shot and I’m a jump shooter. I’m not a set shooter, but I’ve really been shooting set shots for the last month. It’s been difficult, but I’m starting to get my legs back under me. It’s going to be a lot different.”

By Mark Viera  |  February 16, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
 
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