Delaware forward Elena Delle Donne took an interesting path to reach this point, but the 6’5” senior seems to have it all figured out. Selected second overall by the Chicago Sky in the 2013 WNBA draft, she’ll begin her professional career as one of the most highly touted college prospects in recent years, with a chance to do special things at the next level.
Delle Donne led the nation in scoring in 2011-12 and finished second in that category during her senior season in 2012-13. With tremendous size for her position and the ability to hit shots from nearly anywhere on the floor, she’ll be a matchup nightmare in the WNBA ranks.
The 23-year-old probably didn’t expect her career to go in this direction when she backed out of a basketball scholarship from UConn within days of arriving on campus. Delle Donne chose to play at Delaware instead, but not before taking a break from basketball to star on Delaware’s volleyball team (h/t Andy Walter of Delaware State News).
But her love for the game of basketball returned, and she joined the Blue Hens program following her freshman volleyball campaign—a decision that would prove to be as beneficial to Delaware as it was to the budding superstar.
Delle Donne led the Blue Hens to two Colonial Athletic Association titles en route to conference player of the year honors three times. She leaves Delaware 11th on the NCAA's Division I scoring list.
With tremendous versatility to play both in and out of the paint, the senior forward will look to duplicate her success at the professional level with the Sky.