But it’s unclear how interested each side is in the other, at this point. Both Delaney and the Terps may view each other as backup plans, it seems. After a few months passed without any contact, according to Delaney, Maryland assistant Keith Booth paid a visit the 6-foot-3, 170-pound shooting guard yesterday at his school.
Asked to rate his level of interest in Maryland, Delaney said: “I don’t really know about that, ‘cause they’ve recruited a lot of guards right now, referring to touted guards Eric Hayes and Greivis Vasquez, who enter into the program this fall, and Montrose Christian rising senior Adrian Bowie.
Asked for his No. 1 criterion for choosing his school, he said, “One where I could play right away.”
That’s not to say Maryland is overloaded at the guard spot. When Delaney is a college freshman, the Terps will have Hayes and Vasquez as sophomores and Bowie as a freshman. Swing man Landon Milbourne will be a sophomore as well.
There is no lack of interest in the sharp-shooting Delaney, who played very well this summer, most recently at the Super Showcase in Orlando. Weeks earlier, at the Nike Peach Jam, he shot a ridiculous 77 percent from 3-point range. Indiana recently offered him a scholarship, and Memphis is starting to show interest as well. He’s also planning on making visits to Iowa State and Virginia Tech in the near future.
Delaney was a Baltimore Sun all-metro choice after averaging 18.5 points per game as a junior. Along with immediate playing time, he said he wants to find a coaching staff with whom he feels at home, and a school with good academics and a good track record of developing players.
Listening to Delaney speak and gauging Maryland’s activity this summer – the Terps are hot after Houston guard Jai Lewis -- it seems like a longshot the two will join forces. But neither side has eliminated the other, so don’t close the book on Delaney quite yet.
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