Maryland's Delaney Has IU's Attention

Maryland standout Malcolm Delaney has emerged as a player that is very high on the wish list of Hoosier Coach Kelvin Sampson as he works to put together his first full recruiting class in Bloomington.

It appears Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson has Indiana in the hunt for Maryland guard Malcolm Delaney.

Delaney is a 6-3, 170-pound point guard from Towson Catholic High School in Towson, Md. who can also slide over to the shooting guard position as well. His versatility has Indiana competing with East Coast schools for his talents.

"Indiana has been recruiting me for a couple of months now," said Delaney. "I actually haven't been talking to them very much because they have mostly been in contact with my dad. He said they are saying good things and it's an option we're going to keep open."

Indiana is just one of many options Delaney figures to have.

"So far my only offers are from Maryland, Clemson and Georgia," said Delaney. "Maryland offered me during the school season and Maryland and Georgia offered me last summer. Georgia has kind of backed off since then, but I'm still in contact with Maryland and Clemson."

Delaney is also getting attention from Indiana, Wake Forest, Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State and West Virginia, however he has only had the chance to visit four schools thus far.

"I've only made visits to Maryland, Clemson, Wake Forest and Virginia because they are so close," said Delaney. "I'd like to see a lot more schools before I make my decision but I'm not sure when I'll make more visits.

"It would be nice to visit every school that is recruiting me, but my schedule is packed all the way until August already."

Delaney may have a chance to stop in Bloomington and see Coach Sampson and his staff this summer when he will be in the state of Indiana.

"I'm going to be going to the Nike (All-American) camp this summer and maybe I'll be able to get down to Indiana," said Delaney. "I'm not sure if that will happen yet. That's all up in the air. I went to the Nike camp last year, it was nice to get some exposure but I didn't think it really helped my game out that much."

The trip will be an important one for Sampson who is yet to meet Delaney in person, making it difficult for him to make an impression on the Maryland guard.

"I'm not very familiar with Coach Sampson," said Delaney. "I know he used to be at Oklahoma, but they never recruited me. I've been finding out more about him and Indiana since they started recruiting me, though."

With his junior season behind him after averaging near 19 points, four assists and five rebounds, Delaney will spend this summer improving his game. With the summer AAU season just kicking off, he can already see some results.

"This summer I'm really working on being aggressive and more consistent. I really need to be more consistent on my shooting. I think my passing is where it needs to be already and I know how to run my team on the court. I can tell each time I play I'm getting more and more aggressive, especially getting to the rim. I think I'm improving every tournament we play."

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