Pitman's Delaney picks Villanova

Tim Delaney averaged 21 points last season.       ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff
Tim Delaney averaged 21 points last season.       ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff
Posted: June 21, 2013

The combination of Big East basketball, proximity to home, and some deep personal connections persuaded Pitman's Tim Delaney to commit to Villanova.

"I felt it in my gut," said Delaney, who will be a junior this fall and who was beginning to attract major recruiting during the NCAA's open period, which began Sunday. "I wanted to be close to home, and I knew Villanova was the right place for me."

The 6-foot-8 Delaney averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds last season as Pitman went 24-6 and reached the South Jersey Group 1 finals.

Delaney is a versatile player with a post game as well as the ability to face the basket and shoot from distance. He said he committed to Villanova on Monday.

Delaney said he was attracted to Villanova because of the opportunity to play in the Big East.

"It's a great opportunity for me to play in such a well-respected conference," Delaney said.

Delaney was recruited by both Villanova head coach Jay Wright and assistant Bill Lange.

Lange is a Bishop Eustace graduate. He also graduated from St. Rose of Lima grammar school in Haddon Heights, as did Pitman coach Kevin Crawford and Delaney's uncle, former Bishop Eustace star Bob Fisicaro.

Amara to Pitt. West Catholic's Patrick Amara, a 6-2, 185-pound wide receiver and free safety, committed Wednesday to play for Pittsburgh.

Amara, of Upper Darby, is projected to be a hybrid safety/outside linebacker for the Panthers. The senior also had scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Central Florida, Fordham, Holy Cross, Lafayette, and Massachusetts.


Contact Phil Anastasia at panastasia@phillynews.com. Follow @PhilAnastasia on Twitter.

Rick O'Brien contributed to this article.

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