HARKER HEIGHTS — Rising Harker Heights senior guard Cameron Delaney is bound for Colorado.
About a month after teammate Roderick Taylor committed early to Louisiana-Monroe, Delaney verbally committed Saturday to play at the University of Denver. The announcement came two months ahead of the NCAA’s November early-signing period.
“I think he’ll bring pride, courage and integrity —what we have here at Harker Heights High,” said coach Celneque Bobbitt. “I think he’s going to bring grit, a big guard who fits in with (the Pioneers’) style of play.”
Delaney spent three days at the college on an official visit.
“We all gathered around in the head coach’s office, and he explained to me that I have a scholarship to Denver,” he said.
Delaney also earned offers from Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State and Duquesne, and took unofficial visits to Santa Clara and Sam Houston State.
“I just felt comfortable about the school, and the academics are great and Denver University basketball is on the rise,” Delaney said. “That’s why I chose it.”
The Pioneers beat Ohio in the first round of the 2012 NIT, but fell to Maryland in the second round.
With a conference record of 16-2 last season, Denver tied with Louisiana Tech for first place in the WAC. The Pioneers join the Summit League this season.
Denver plays a pass-heavy Princeton-style offense, somewhat similar to Harker Heights’ flex offense, which can involve 20 to 25 passes a game, said Bobbitt, who added Delaney’s strength and determination should earn him a lot of playing time.
“It’s an awesome situation for him,” Bobbitt said.
Delaney averaged 12.75 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals during the 2012-2013 season. He made 79.9 percent of his free throws, and 41.8 percent of his field goal attempts.
“I can always get better, though,” Delaney said. “I know I can always get better. (I need to work on) my athleticism, my offensive game and becoming a lockdown defender.”
Delaney looks to lead the Knights to their third straight playoff berth, alongside Taylor and Division I prospect and twin brother Josh Delaney.
“We’re thankful our program is kind of on the map,” Bobbitt said. “Cameron’s another one that’s setting the tone for us. That’s a great opportunity for him, and a great opportunity for everybody.”
“All this hard work that I’ve been putting in with my dad for about 15 years, it feels good for it to be paid off,” Cameron Delaney said. “It’s surreal to me right now. … It hasn’t dawned on me that I actually committed and I know where I’m going so I don’t have any more stress about playing.”