NIT Tournament 2011: The Last Go-Round for Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney
NIT Tournament 2011 A Proving Ground For Malcolm Delaney And His NBA Hopes
Malcolm Delaney might be one of the better players in the country that go unnoticed.
He's one of only four Virginia Tech players ever to score more than 2,000 points, according to the Washington Post. He's second in the ACC in scoring behind Nolan Smith of Duke and he's fourth in the conference in assists.
Yet on Chad Ford's list, he's the 23rd ranked point guard and the 120th ranked player overall, projected to go in either the second round or not at all. Although if he wants company, players in that same range in this draft include Ben Hansbrough, Talor Battle and Kalin Lucas.
Still, Delaney's carried the Hokies during his career. Unfortunately for him, he never got the exposure of being in the NCAA Tournament.
"Malcolm's his own worst critic and he's hard on himself. He takes a lot of things personally," Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg told the Washington Post back in Februrary. "That's what makes Malcolm, Malcolm. I'm not sure if it's good or bad sometimes, but who am I to judge someone for taking things too personally? That's kind of what makes him pretty good. That drives him."
Other than that, the talent is pretty evident, too. He's one of those great scorers that can be very strong either inside or outside. He has the ability to slash to the basket or step back and hit a jumper. A shooter like that is always needed in the NBA, but unfortunately for him he's more of a shooting guard than a point guard, which hurt him early in the season.
"The beginning of the year I got too caught up into trying to be a pure point guard and do too much with the ball," Delaney told the Post. "I was trying to force some plays that I don't normally do."
If it wasn't for that, he might be getting some more attention as a Draft prospect. Instead, he's probably out of position as a point guard. Combine that with the Hokies struggling through the season and he didn't get the attention he deserved from some draft scouts.
Delaney won't make it to the NCAA Tournament, but he has one more chance to prove to the NBA that he belongs. As long as he doesn't try to do too much and just tries to be the player he already is, perhaps a long NIT run can grab some attention for him.
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