Malcolm Delaney hasn't thought about NBA
Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney said Monday afternoon that he hasn't thought about leaving school early for the NBA but that he would make a decision that is best "for me, Virginia Tech and my family" after the season.
Delaney, a junior, capped a stellar regular season by becoming the first Hokies to be a unanimous first-team all-ACC selection on Monday. He led the conference in scoring in the regular season and has been mentioned in the conversation for the league's player of the year.
Although his stock is high at the moment, Delaney said he hasn't "talked to one person about the NBA," and as of now, he said he planned to return to Blacksburg next season.
Delaney is a "world-class shooter," as Coach Seth Greenberg has said repeatedly this season, and a can create his own shots as a slasher, which has also helped him get to the free-throw line with regularity. Delaney moved to point guard in his career at Virginia Tech and has worked hard on leading from that position because it is where he projects at the next level.
But at 6 feet 3 and 185 pounds, Delaney still has a slight frame for the NBA and has been banged up this season with ankle injuries. Questions of durability could hurt his prospects in the draft.
If Delaney were to return, he would have a lot to come back to. The Hokies have only two seniors on their roster, neither of whom play significant minutes, and they would have one of the most experienced lineups in the ACC. Virginia Tech with also likely benefit from the addition of talented transfer Allan Chaney.
Delaney is an earnest leader and a player who seems sincere in his team-first attitude. Asked if he would return to Virginia Tech in order to see through what could be a promising senior season, Delaney said: "That’s a big thing. I think even when I sit down and think about that type of stuff, I'm going to talk to some people on the team to see what they think about the whole situation and just keep it within my family and the team."
"I wouldn’t put myself out there and do something dumb and make a dumb decision when I know we’ve got a great team," Delaney said. "I know how good the team will be next year. I don’t have that in my mind and I never had that in my mind-set, that I'm going to leave. But my goal in high school was to make the NBA."
Virginia Tech fans will be holding their breath until Delaney comes to a decision after the season concludes. But until there is an announcement, his decision will be the biggest story line of the Hokies' offseason.
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