Delle Donne’s Suiting Up For Delaware

by October 19, 2009

A little more than  a year after calling basketball quits and leaving Uconn, and a few months after announcing that she’d started playing again, it’s now official: Former high school phenom Elena Delle Donne will be playing for the Delaware Blue Hens this coming season.

As the AP reports:

More than a year ago, the former national high school player of the year abruptly left coach Geno Auriemma and a Connecticut team bound for a perfect season and sixth national championship. Now, after a stint starring in volleyball, she’s set to play basketball again…

“I can’t wait for the season to start, especially games,” Delle Donne said in an interview with The Associated Press. “The last time I was this happy was in high school before the whole recruiting thing started. Basketball just wasn’t basketball anymore.”

Her return has already created a buzz for the Blue Hens — season ticket sales have more than tripled…

Her 2,818 career points at Ursuline were the most in Delaware high school basketball history. She set the national high school record hitting 80 straight free throws as a sophomore and had 50 points in the state title game that season on the Blue Hens’ court.

Welcome back, Elena.