Indianapolis, Ind. – Indiana's new coaches may be focused on recruiting in state but they will not let that goal stop them from recruiting nationally.
Indian head coach Kelvin Sampson is still in search of a combo guard to co-exist with his big men and Malcolm Delaney may just be his guy. The 6-2 Delaney from Towson Catholic in Towson, Md., is near the top of Sampson's wish list.
"I started to hear from Indiana about three months ago and I've talked to everyone of the assistant coaches since then," Delaney said. "Pretty much every coach has been involved. Even with Coach Sampson unable to come here or call me, I know what kind of coach he is and I think he can get people to the next level just as well as any other coach."
Indiana will have plenty of competition for Delaney, who is coming off a season where he averaged 18.5 points, five rebounds and six assists per game.
"Indiana, Pitt, Iowa State, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Clemson are still showing me a lot of interest," Delaney said. "Nobody really stands out now and I've been keeping in contact with all the schools who have offered me."
While none of his suitors may have separated themselves just yet, Delaney does have some criteria that he'll be using to make his final decision.
"I'm looking for a school that will let me play early and prepare me for the future – and not just basketball," Delaney said. "I have other goals besides basketball. I like Indiana right now. The coaches are coming on real strong with me and recruiting me real hard. I'm keeping in contact with them. So it's a plus with Indiana."
Living in Maryland has made it difficult for Delaney to travel to Bloomington to see the Indiana campus, but he plans on making the trip as soon as he can and definitely before making his final decision.
"I haven't made an unofficial to Indiana yet, but I'm thinking about it," said Delaney. "After the Nike camp me and my family are going to sit down and talk about what schools are after me the hardest. So if I can't make an unofficial, I'll probably be making an official to Indiana. I'm real interested in Indiana.
"I want to decide before the next season starts so I just get my school work done. But I'm not going to commit until I feel real comfortable with one school."
Delaney would fit nicely into the Sampson style of basketball with his ability to get the ball into the paint and score when called upon. Both are just as important to Delaney as they are to Sampson who likes versatile guards.
"I like working with big men," Delaney said. "I find ways to make people on my teams happy. If you want the ball, I'm going to get you the ball. I keep my big men happy. That way they come around and set screens for you because if you get them in the game, they'll get you in the game.
"Indiana wants me as a combo guard but we haven't really talked much on what they want me to do on the defensive side of the ball. I don't think it matters because I can guard either position."
Delaney is spending the summer working on his game in an effort to improve his shooting touch. With the right amount of work, he could be an efficient ball-handler who can also finish when called upon in the offense.
"I'm still working on my consistency shooting the ball," said Delaney. "I know when I'm in college I'm going to have to make most of my open shots. Pretty much shooting is where I need to improve the most."
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