College Notes: Hoop standout Daly leaving Blue Hens

NEWARK — For two seasons, Ryan Daly has been the face of Delaware’s rebuilding men’s basketball program.

So it came as rather shocking news on Friday afternoon when the university announced that the former CAA Rookie of the Year was leaving Delaware.

A UD press release said only that the sophomore guard was transferring but didn’t say where he was going. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

“This has been a very difficult decision for me,” Daly said in the release. “But right now after extensive discussion with my family, I believe it is the best thing for me personally. This is not a reflection on the University or the basketball program.

“I love Coach (Martin) Ingelsby, his staff, my teammates and the fans and I thank them for the past two years. However, for my overall happiness, I feel a change of schools is needed. I will miss being here, but will keep rooting for Delaware.”

Daly was named third team All-CAA during both of his seasons in Newark, and was selected the 2017 CAA Rookie of the Year. He led the Blue Hens and ranked 10th in the CAA by averaging 17.5 points per game this season, and was second on the team with a 6.2 rebounding average.

Daly scored 1,000 points during his UD career, 34th most in program history.

“Ryan informed us today of his decision to transfer from the University of Delaware and we have granted him his release,” said Ingelsby. “As coaches, we care deeply about our student-athletes and always want what’s best for both them and our program. We appreciate Ryan’s contributions and support any decision that he and his family feel is best at this time. We wish him the best of luck,” Ingelsby said.

Daly is the second high-profile player to leave the Delaware program in recent years.

Kory Holden also transferred from Delaware as its leading scorer after his sophomore season in 2016. Holden transferred to South Carolina but announced this year he would be transferring again for his senior season.

Weather alters schedules

Due to the recent storms, many weekend events have been moved.

Here are a look at the recent changes.

BASEBALL: Originally scheduled to play three-games at Towson this Friday-Sunday, Delaware and Tigers will instead move the weekend series to Newark. The teams will open the series today with a doubleheader beginning at noon and close the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.

As part of the change, Delaware will travel to Towson next season.

Delaware State’s scheduled doubleheader against Coppin State has been postponed to Sunday at the Bachman Sports Complex in Glen Burnie, Md. Sunday’s game one is scheduled for 1 p.m. The series will wrap up with a single game on Monday at 2 p.m., also at Bachman.

Wesley’s series at York, Pa., has been postponed. The series will now start on Monday, April 2. It’s game against St. Mary’s, originally scheduled for Monday will be made up this Monday (3:30 p.m.).

LACROSSE: Wesley’s men’s lacrosse game today against Alvernia has been pushed up from 1 p.m. to noon. The Wolverines have yet to announced a makeup date for its postponed contest at Hood last week.

SOFTBALL: Delaware State’s home series against Norfolk State has been moved to the Pyle Softball Complex in Frankford. Today is a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. and the series finale will be Sunday at 2 p.m.

Delaware and Drexel will now play a noon doubleheader on Sunday and a 1 p.m. single game on Monday at the UD Softball Stadium.

Notes

•With a 6-1 defeat of Saint Peter’s on Saturday, the Delaware men’s tennis team earned its 10th win of the season — the most wins in a season since the 2010 campaign. No Delaware men’s tennis team has won more than 10 games since 2005.

•Dmitri Floyd, a former Dover High catcher, has a home run, a double and six RBI in his first 26 at bats for the UMBC baseball team.

•Another Dover High product, Dakota Graham, went a combined 4-for-8 with four runs scored for Wilmington University in a doubleheader sweep of Post last Saturday. Through 14 games, Graham is tied for the team lead in runs scored with 13, fellow Dover grad Kendall Small is right behind him with 12.

•Sara Jo Whaley (Laurel) is batting .273 for the UMES softball team, fourth on the team in hitting, Whaley has one homer this year and seven RBI.

•Syracuse announced the signing of Delmar High field hockey standout Peyton Kemp today. Syracuse coach Ange Bradley said in a press release, “Peyton brings the experience of winning championships and scoring big goals to our program. She led her team to back-to-back state championships in Delaware. She has good skill and has a knack for finding the back of the cage.”

•Delaware State is the No. 2 seed in the MEAC bowling championship tournament which kicks off today in Chesapeake, Va. The Hornets will have a first-round bye and face the winner of UMES-Morgan State.S

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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