Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Nova lands physical 2015 F Delaney
By Adam Finkelstein
Villanova got off to an early start in constructing its 2015 recruiting class Wednesday afternoon, landing a verbal commitment from 6-foot-8 power forward Tim Delaney (Mullica Hill, N.J./Pitman).
Delaney is a rugged and hard-nosed post who falls in line with the strong emphasis Villanova has placed on toughness and character in its recent recruiting classes.
The New Jersey native and four-star prospect visited Villanova’s campus unofficially this past weekend and had also taken unofficial visits to Indiana and Butler in recent weeks, while also receiving wide-ranging interest and early offers from a number of other NCAA powers.
Delaney’s commitment is an important one for Villanova not just because he gives them an early start to the 2015 class, but also because the fit appears to be an especially good one for both player and program alike.
Villanova is getting just the prototype they’ve been looking for in recent years as the staff has made a concerted effort to change the culture of its program with hard-working, tough competitors. Rising sophomore point guard Ryan Arcidiacono carries the flag for this group, but incoming swingman Josh Hart is an equally good example.
Villanova is also a program that was badly in need of some additional size along its frontline. The Cats picked up a late commitment from Darryl Reynolds (Bala Cynwyd, Pa./Worcester Academy) in the 2013 class in an attempt to plug this hole, but the reality is Nova still lacks ideal depth of size and length up front heading into next season. While Delaney won’t arrive on campus for another two years, he’ll be a welcome addition to the ‘Cats frontcourt rotation when he does, even if coach Jay Wright looks to bring in more size with the upcoming 2014 class.
Another important factor is Delaney’s grassroots program, We-R-1, which is loaded with several high-major prospects in the 2015 class. Many are already being targeted by the Wildcats, including ESPN 60 SF Derrick Jones (Philadelphia/Archbishop Carroll), Ernest Aflakpui (Radnor, Pa./Archbishop Carroll), Tyler Kohl (Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic) and Traci Carter (Philadelphia/Life Center Academy). While Delaney has plenty of value on his own for Villanova, the hope is that he brings one or two of his teammates along before it’s all said and done.
As for Delaney, he’s best known for providing a physical interior presence, and rightfully so. There aren’t many young bigs who bang inside, rebound both ends and sprint the floor quite as diligently as he does. But he’s also got some developing skill facing the basket as well, and while it’s still raw and far from polished, he does have potential to develop into a guy who has mismatch potential on the offensive end. Given Jay Wright’s reputation for skill development, and the daily emphasis Villanova puts on that process, this appears to be an equally good fit for Delaney as he finds a program that covets the unique qualities he brings to the table, while also providing him with an opportunity to develop the more subtle aspects of his game that could ultimately unlock his best upside.