Blue Hens’ Mosley fulfills dream: Senior guard has played major role for UD

Anthony Mosley, shown earlier this season against Notre Dame at the Bob Carpenter Center, has scored 974 points in his career largely because of his ability to drive to the basket. (Delaware sports information photos/Mark Campbell)

NEWARK — Basketball was always at the top of the list for Anthony Mosley.

As a little kid, it’s the thing that always drove him.

“That’s really all I wanted to do,” said Mosley. “I would literally come out of my house every day and go down the street. Me and my friends would all go out there and play on a short hoop. We’d try to dunk on each other.

“My friends used to always tell me, ‘You’re good. You just take that and run with it.’”

Back then, the idea of Mosley actually becoming an NCAA Division I scholarship basketball player was just a dream.

But Saturday was one of those days when the former Dover middle school standout could sit back and realize that he really did make that dream come true.

Anthony Mosley, left, poses with teammates Eric Carter, Ryan Allen and strength coach Joe Baranello after a win this season. (Delaware sports information/Mark Campbell)

A senior at Delaware, Mosley was honored before his last regular-season home game in the Carpenter Center. He then went out and helped the Blue Hens pull out a 68-66 victory over James Madison.

Never expected to be a star for Delaware, the 6-foot-1 guard ended up being a player the Hens really needed over the last four years. With Delaware going through a coaching change two years ago and having a number of players come and go, Mosley was somebody the Hens could always count on.

Going into next weekend’s Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, Mosley has played in 119 games with 85 starts for the Hens. And he’s logged 3,114 minutes on the court.

“He’s been kind of an extension of me on the floor,” said second-year Delaware coach Martin Ingelsby. “When I took over the program, it was really important to have a guard that was kind of connected at the hip with me.

“He’s the ultimate believer. I think he’s overachieved. He continues to work hard, he plays hard, he’s competitive. He’s extremely coachable. I’m proud of how he developed as a basketball player over the last two years.”

Mosley lived in Middletown much of the time growing up. But he went to grade school in Dover’s Capital School District, spent a couple middle-school years at Smyrna’s John Basset Moore, and then was back in Dover’s Central Middle School for seventh and eighth grade.

He was an All-State player at Sanford.

Despite his size and lack of a consistent outside shot — he’s made only 19 three-pointers in his career — Mosley has found ways to score just by being tough and getting to the basket. He’s only 26 points shy of scoring 1,000 points for his career.

His teammates say Mosley doesn’t get enough credit for his defensive ability. He has 124 steals as well as 389 rebounds in his four years.

“I know at the end of the day, if we need somebody to get a stop or a big play, I know it’s him,” said sophomore guard Ryan Daly. “If he’s not all-defensive this year, it’s a disrespect to him because he competes his butt off every play defensively. He guards the other team’s best guard every game.”

Anthony Mosley, one of only two seniors on the Blue Hens’ roster, helped Delaware beat JMU on Saturday in his last home game. (Delaware sports information/Jeff Fannon)

“He’s a guy I’d go to battle with every night,” said Ingelsby. “He plays hard, He is who he is. I love what he’s done on the defensive end for the last two years for us.”

Mosley, who also has 274 career assists, says he takes pride in his defense.

“I always thought about it like, if you get 20 and your man gets 20, then you really didn’t do anything,” he said. “I like to go out there and really clamp down on the defensive end and then let that translate to my offense.”

With Mosley’s college career perhaps down to just one more game, Daly said he’s glad he’s gotten the chance to play with him. He said Mosley contributes a lot of things that don’t show up in the boxscore.

“I think he’s been the calming influence,” said Daly. “And he’s always got a smile on his face. I love him. He’s a great point guard and I’m glad that I got two years with him.”

All things considered, Mosley said he’s proud of the way his basketball career turned out. He knows not every little kid’s dream of playing a sport in college comes true.

“Looking back, if you would have told me, ‘You’d be the starting point guard for the University of Delaware and doing what you’re doing,’ I’d have been like, ‘Come on,’” said Mosley. “I’m blessed to be here.”

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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