Penn State-delco Coach Is Seeking A Div. Iii Team For His Star Guard

Posted: February 14, 1994

Penn State-Delco basketball coach Bill Wiley concedes that he is slightly frustrated.

Wiley has made phone calls to several Division III coaches on behalf of one of his players, 6-foot sophomore point guard Jeff Danzi. Wiley figured that it would be an easy sell. Danzi, an Upper Darby High graduate, has not only carried Wiley's 9-9 team, but he also carries a 3.2 grade-point average at the community college.

"Thus far, I've been frustrated by the lack of interest," Wiley said. ''Some of the schools haven't even called back. But I'm not finished trying. I'm going to keep contacting coaches, because this kid can play ball at the next level for somebody."

It is tough to argue with Wiley. Danzi, who scored 32 points in Thursday's 92-61 victory over Penn State-Schuylkill, is leading the Lions in scoring (24 points per game), rebounding (6.5), steals (4) and three-point shooting percentage (39).

"We have never asked a kid to do more for a team than we've asked Jeff," Wiley said. "And he's delivered. Jeff has done everything we've asked of him and more.

"And now it's time for me to help him, by calling coaches and generating interest in him. This kid can play, and he works hard in the classroom. It's just a matter of finding the right school for him."

BUSY TEAM. Starting tonight at Philadelphia Pharmacy, Eastern College (4-10 overall, 1-6 Pennsylvania Athletic Conference) will begin a schedule that would make an NBA West Coast swing look easy.

Because of the recent ice, snow, sleet and freezing rain, six games for coach Nate Ware's team were postponed. It will make up five of those games, plus play five regularly scheduled games - all in the next 11 days.

That's right: Eastern College will play 10 games in the next 11 days.

"We have a young team, so this will be a great learning experience," Ware said. "I'll learn a lot about the character of our players, and they'll learn a lot about themselves."

Ware hopes this grueling schedule will help his players jell into a unit.

"In tough times like this, you have to learn to rely on one another," Ware said. "We're hoping that this string of games will unite these fellows and that some players will step up and help Antoine Harden."

Harden, a 6-6 sophomore, averages 17 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. In Eastern's most recent game, Harden had 21 points as the Eagles fell to Alvernia, 88-65, over the weekend.

"Antoine has been great all season long, but he needs help," Ware said. ''In this next stretch of games, we need improved play from our other guys. That's our goal over the next week and a half."

MARK YOUR CALENDAR. The Philadelphia Area Small College Coaches Association will hold its second annual All-Star Game on March 21 at Community College of Philadelphia.

Actually, the game, which pits teams of the best area small-college senior players, will be the second of a doubleheader. At 6 p.m., the first Philadelphia-area junior-college all-star game will be played. The game will include second-year players from junior and community colleges.

That game will be followed by the Sam Cozen Small College All-Star Game, which is run by Eastern's Ware, who is also president of the Philadelphia Area Small College Coaches Association.

"The Sam Cozen All-Star Game is a special event for the players," Ware said. "It's the final college game for these guys. And they get to go out in style, playing against all of the best seniors in the area."

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