Harker Heights’ Josh Delaney lofts a shot over South Grand Prairie’s Ben Emelogu in the first half of their Region I-5A bi-district playoff game in February. Delaney committed to Sam Houston State on Monday.

Josh Delaney decided where he was going to play his basketball for the next four years Monday, but the hardwood wasn’t what he mentioned first in explaining his decision. 

Located in Huntsville, Sam Houston State isn’t far from the city of Houston, where Delaney can see himself with job opportunities later in his college career.

“Houston is big on oil, and the engineering field I want to major in is petroleum engineering,” Delaney said. “And there are plenty of opportunities to get internships my junior and senior year.”

Delaney, a “super-duper academic student” in the words of Harker Heights coach Celneque Bobbitt, figures to have a bright future in the classroom.

But the senior point guard also has a bright future on the court, which is why he committed to play for Sam Houston after school Monday.

Delaney will join his sister, Angela, at Sam Houston while his twin brother, Cameron, will play for the University of Denver.

“It feels great to know that all these years of putting in hard work on the basketball court has finally paid off,” Josh said of he and his siblings. “We all accomplished our goals.”

Angela committed to play at Sam Houston at the end of August, and while Josh said her decision didn’t factor into his choice, he did say that she was excited to hear he’d be joining her as he was also considering the University of New Hampshire.

Bobbitt, for one, believes Sam Houston will be a good fit, where Delaney will play for coach Jason Hooten, a former Ellison standout.

“(Delaney) can score and he can distribute it, and that’s what they’re looking for him to do at the next level,” Bobbitt said. “He’ll be the second guard from Harker Heights to go out there in our 14-year history. It’ll be a good situation for him.”

With Josh and his brother committed, and fellow senior Roderick Taylor committed to play at Louisiana-Monroe, Bobbitt also said that it was a proud day for the Knight basketball program.

“We’ve had a lot of kids that have went to school,” Bobbitt said, “but this is starting a new chapter at Harker Heights.”

Delaney was also excited for the season, as he, his brother and Taylor, who play together on a travel team, prepare to embark on one final journey together.

“It’s really exciting to see what this year has for us in basketball because I feel like we can do a lot with all of this talent,” Delaney said. “It’s really an exciting time for all of us — that’s why we’re working so hard.”

And with his basketball and academic future squared away, Delaney said he is looking forward to enjoying the rest of his senior year with a free mind.

“It’s definitely a relief to commit to a college,” Delaney said, “to know that I don’t have to play through my senior year with a lot of pressure on my shoulders.”

Contact Jordan Mason at jmason@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7562​

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