Local college notebook: Former UAB guard Darling joins UD men’s hoop team

Nate Darling

University of Delaware men’s basketball head coach Martin Ingelsby announced Nate Darling has joined the Blue Hens program after transferring from UAB.

Darling, a 6-5 guard from Halifax, Nova Scotia, played two seasons for the Blazers and will have two seasons of eligibility with Delaware after sitting out the 2018-19 campaign.

Darling appeared in all 33 games and started 32 this year for UAB, which finished with a 20-13 overall record including a 10-8 mark in Conference USA. He led the Blazers with 61 three-pointers made while shooting a team-high 40.9 percent from behind the arc, and was fourth on the squad with a 10.1 scoring average. Darling’s 90 assists were third most on the team, and he added 3.0 rebounds per contest. He shot 47.7 percent from the field and 83.0 percent from the foul line.

“Nate is a tremendous addition to our basketball program,” Ingelsby said. “He is a talented playmaking guard with a big-time shooting stroke and a high basketball IQ. He has an excellent work ethic on and off the court, and our staff couldn’t be more excited to be able to coach him.”

Darling played his final three years of high school at DeMatha, where he was a teammate of current Blue Hen guard Ryan Allen. He was also named MVP of the Canadian National Basketball Championship after scoring 50 points in the final game, and helped Team Canada win a silver medal at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Basketball Championship.

UD baseball looks to rebound

The Delaware baseball team is starting to feel the effects of a long season.

The Blue Hens are playing five games in a week for the third consecutive week. They committed four errors and allowed four unearned runs in an 8-7 defeat to UMBC on Wednesday.

Coach Jim Sherman said he hopes it can serve as a wake-up call with a key conference series against Elon this weekend.

“It’s my job as the head coach to make sure that guys are playing inspired,” he was quoted on Delaware’s website. “I think (Wednesday was) the only game this season where we weren’t inspired. I can’t figure out why that’s the case, but I think we played extremely flat. We’re in a stretch where we’re playing four or five games a week and maybe we’re beginning to show the signs of that. We’re a ‘scratch-and-claw’ type of team this year and we don’t have the biggest margin for error, so each mistake gets amplified. Right now, we might be a bit fatigued, which isn’t uncommon considering the time of the season, but that cannot be an excuse.”

Delaware is currently in sixth in the CAA — the last playoff spot. If the Hens can sweep Elon this weekend, they will pass the Phoenix for fifth.

The Hens have three more CAA series left this season including this weekend. The first game is today at 3 p.m. followed by 1 p.m. contests on Saturday and Sunday.

“Now we need to turn the page to an important CAA weekend,” Sherman said. “I know our guys will be ready. Historically, we’ve played well against Elon since they’ve joined the CAA, so I expect the same thing this weekend. We’ve got three conference weekends left and we just need to take it one game at a time and play as well as we can play.

The CAA tournament is May 23-26 at James Madison. Delaware is the defending champion.

Hornet thrower earns title

Delaware State sophomore Robert Duncan captured the first championship of the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference outdoor track field championship, which are being contested all weekend at North Carolina A&T.

Duncan took first place in the men’s discus with a top throw of 168-feet-6 inches (51.36 meters),a personal-best and more than 15 feet better than runner-up Kurt Goodlitt of Morgan State (153-01; 46.66 m). Duncan also earned 10 points for the Hornets in the team competition.

His throw also ranks first in the MEAC and in the top 60 among Eastern U.S. collegians this outdoor season and puts him within striking distance of the 2018 NCAA regional qualifying standard.

Notes

• The Delaware State softball team has a huge series this weekend to determine its postseason fate. The Hornets have three games at home against Hampton, who they are tied with for second in the MEAC North standings with a 9-6 league record. Norfolk State and Coppin State are right behind at 10-8 and only the top four teams make the conference tournament.

• Brynn Wade, a 6-2 center from Arizona, committed to the Delaware women’s basketball team this week.

• Polytech grad Juwan Gray had an official visit to Towson on Thursday. Gray is transferring from the San Diego men’s basketball team and
will have two years of eligibility left after he sits out the 2018-2019 season.
• The Bridgewater men’s lacrosse team qualified for the ODAC tournament for this first time in program history and some local products
had some key performances. Bridgewater fell in the first round but Caesar Rodney High product Dan Brown scored once and had a pair of assists. Sean MacLeish (Caesar Rodney) and Blake Mann (Cape Henlopen) also scored for Bridgewater.

• Abraham Mow (Milford High) hit a three-run walkoff home run for Slippery Rock University on Tuesday for a 12-9 victory over Walsh.

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