Sunday, August 17th, 2008 at 9:11 pm  |  29 responses

What’s going on with Elena Delle Donne?

For starters, the best female high school player of the last several years is not going to be a UConn Husky after all.

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  • BK

    Don’t know don’t care.

  • BK

    I want to care about womans hoops, but I just can’t.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    This is interesting.Unprecedented?

  • T.P. Roll

    It takes guts for a young woman to fly in the face of extreme pressure and do what is best for herself. Kudos and best wishes!

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    Forgive my ignorance, but who is she?
    It’s been a while since NCAA scouted female High-School Phenom

  • sean

    I’ll take that scholarship with open arms :)

  • Alain Elie

    It might be because of her missing her little sister that’s autistic or burned out…

  • whooo!

    Sesa, she’s a superstar high school player. she’s 6’5, but plays guard, which is unheard of. she’s essentially the next big thing. as the article mentions, her lil sister is deaf, blind, and has cerebral palsey. i would hope that she simply wants to be near home so she can spend time with her – that’s my initial assumption.

  • http://fjsdklf.com Jukai

    this would be interesting if this was a man

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    She looked fairly hot for a 6’5 girl in the SLAM magazine article a while back. ‘The Golden Child’ it was.

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  • http://www.nba.com/celtics/ Moose

    good for her.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Delle Donne is worthy of all the hype she gets. Trust me when I tell ya’ll that she is just as good or better than any female in ball that you can name on a first name basis: Cynthia Cooper, Lisa Leslie, Tina Thompson, even Candace Parker. It is a shame that she will not be blessing the college ranks or the WNBA.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    TAD, I wouldn’t be so sure we won’t see her play someday.

  • B. Long

    Poor girl. Selfishly I was hoping to see the her become the Bird to Candace’s Magic and actually bring fans to the WNBA. Now, I just hope she’s ok. Can’t imagine the pressure.

  • http://www.myspace.com/chicagosky hoop

    I was looking forward to watching her play at UCONN with the great Maya Moore…but regardless, I wish her the best and hope that she has not given up basketball forever…

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I’m not so sure Ben. I lived in Delaware until ’02 and still have family and many friends there. I know people who know her family personally and she seems quite content to pursue a life outside of basketball for whatever reason. Selfishly, I hope she changes her mind.

  • Lisa

    Elena is an amazing athlete and should be commended for her talent and the hard work required to be an outstanding athlete! Elena will succeed not matter what she decides is best for her life.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Well, Elena has enrolled for classes at the University of Delaware (Russ should be ecstatic!), but UConn has of yet to release her from her scholarship commitment.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    She literally laughed off my suggestion that she go to Delaware back in June of ’06. I meant it as a joke anyway—you don’t expect the bluest of blue chippers to become Blue Hens. But she struck me as someone to whom family mattered more than anything, and this decision really doesn’t surprise me much. Basketball has been her life forever—she’s been working with a trainer since SECOND grade and playing in AAU tournaments since she was 12. It wouldn’t surprise me if she just needed a break. I wish her the best of luck in whatever she chooses to do, and wherever she chooses to go.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    All in all, she’s probably better off .

  • http://www.slamonline.com Russ Bengtson
  • katey

    She has gotten tired of playing. Well just for now. Living her father’s life, she wants to do something herself but can’t leave her fam since she has never been without them during aau seasons. Maybe she’ll change her mind.

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  • http://Yahoo Hussman25

    As a sports fan you are sad to see such a talented young woman waste her talent… but people there are bigger issues here than GENO losing a star athlete. As we all know this girl has been playing this game all of her LIFE! Grade school ball, AAU, High school ball, etc… She never had the chance to live a “normal life.” This is a way for her to see if truly Basketball could and should be the rest of her life. I hear she is pretty good in Volleyball. Lets all give this some time to sink in not only for us as fans, but her as a person/student-athlete… Elana will be a sucess, not only on the hardwood, but in life overall! For fans, we wish she picks up a basketball again… (Seing her go after Candace P. or Simone A. in the league would be WONDERFUL!) but basketball is really a GAME and for right now she’s trying to win something more important… LIFE!


  • Yassi

    God knows why she made that decision. All I can think of lately is her team mates. I was once in a similar situation, when our top player left the day before the season started and there was no time to find someone to fill that spot. That was so bad for the entire team….I cant even begin to tell anyone without starting to cry. Basically it all broke apart and the season was a night mare. I feel bad for her but also I feel for her teammates to be…..

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