6-3 point guard Malcolm Delaney is on the radar and ranked the 9th best point guard of the class of 2007 according to scout.com. So far his current list of schools has a decided ACC/Big East flavor; Miami, NC State, UNC, Virginia, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Syracuse and Georgetown.
Interest in 6-9 center Donte Greene seems to grow
by the day. UConn may have an "in" with Greene thanks to his relationship with
This was my first opportunity to see the formidable
combo of Delaney and Greene. They're high school teammates at Towson Catholic
and they form a terrific 1-2 punch for the
Thanks to a scheduling change I was only able to
attend one game and this was no contest.
Malcolm Delaney - The opponent was clearly inferior, and Delaney
appeared to lack aggressiveness in the opening minutes against
As a playmaker Malcolm loves the one-handed pass
which as we all know can be effective, or it can be a killer depending on the
situation. It never hurt the
Delaney didn't start the 2nd half but when he returned we saw more of his repertoire. He looked a lot more active and aggressive on both ends of the floor. The highlight of the 2nd half was a brilliant steal by Delaney, he then found teammate Donte Greene in transition for the jam.
Donte Greene – Which brings us to his talented teammate. I got my first look at him in warm-ups, and the best way I can explain it is – he just looks like a player. He's a slender 6-9 but not without any muscle. I watched him effortlessly nail two 3-pointers in a row pre-game. Which segue ways us right to Greene's first shot of the game – a missed three. Not too worry, he definitely has the stroke from long distance but didn't take another until late in the 2nd half – which he promptly nailed by the way.
I was impressed by Donte's vast array of weapons at the offensive end. He's efficient facing up or with his back to the basket. Versus the Warriors zone he gathered the ball baseline and spun on his man for an easy jam then later in the first half Greene made a wonderful read and slipped the screen for an easy two. He plays smart and has an excellent demeanor on the court and always seems to be giving 110 percent.
I can't think of much he didn't do to be honest. He
ran the floor extremely well and showed his handle leading the break and made
one of his own eye-popping plays with a one-hand pass in transition that led to
an easy two. Quickly I recalled the last 6-9 player I saw do that on the same
court a year ago –
At a young age footwork and strength are sometimes lacking but Donte displayed both in this contest. Early in the first quarter he soared above the pack for an impressive one-handed snare. He missed three point-blank shots inside but battled for the rebound each time until he got fouled thanks to an extremely quick 2nd jump.
At the defensive end he was the "one" at the back
The only "negative" I can think of is that he left me wanting more. I actually wanted him to shoot more and I thought he should've dominated. Especially since the Wilmington Warriors didn't have a player in uniform over 6'5".
I'd definitely like to see what both players will do against stiffer competition. That's sure to happen as they advance through pool play at the 16U Super Showcase.