You’ve probably never heard of Elena Delle Donne, and probably never will until the University of Delaware breaks the top 10. With her height enabling her to post-up, and her ability to step back and hit the 3 has helped her average nearly 30 points and 10 rebounds a game, Delle Donne is somehow overlooked in women’s college basketball. With all of the talk surrounding Brittany Griner and #1 ranked Baylor, Elena and her Blue Hens are flying under the radar. Once the most sought after player in America during 2007-2008, the 6’5″ wing was being recruited by elite contenders. She signed with UConn but took a leave-of-absence from the team due to a burnout after the second day of the summer school program. She then enrolled at U.Delaware to be closer to home, and closer to her older sister who suffers from cerebral palsy and autism as sensory complications.
Entering U. Delaware as a freshman she walked on to the school’s volleyball team where she also excelled as the team appeared in its second straight NCAA tournament. After her hiatus from the hardwood, Delle Donne returned to the court and picked up where she left off. She posted a 54 point game against James Madison, was named an All-American, was a finalist in the John Wooden Player of the Year contentions. Amongst receiving other numerous accolades Elena averaged over 26 points and collected almost 9 boards a game in her debut year on the court. The awards only increased the next season, as she battled being diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Now in her junior year, Delle Donne is posting unbelievable numbers as her team is moving up in the rankings. By the end of the year Elena Delle Donne will be a household name. I’m predicting that she will be Player of the Year and the Blue Hens will finish the year in the top 10. Depending on how the seeding plays out for the NCAA tournament, I might even have them breaking into the Sweet 16 as long as the team remains healthy. Look out for the university of Delaware to make some noise this year.