Local college notebook: Former Blue Hen Daly draws interest from Division I hoop programs

Ryan Daly

When Ryan Daly first came out of high school, there was only limited Division I interest in him.

But apparently a couple good seasons at Delaware has done a lot to raise people’s opinions.

According to various media reports, several higher-profile Division I basketball programs are interested in the 6-foot-5 guard, who announced a couple weeks ago that he was transferring from UD.

Jeff Borzello, an ESPN Insider on college basketball recruiting, reported on Friday that Daly plans to visit St. Joseph’s. That would make sense considering St. Joe’s is near Daly’s Philadelphia-area home and that both his father, Brian, and grandfather, Jim Boyle, played for the Hawks.

Boyle was also St. Joe’s head coach from 1981-90.

But North Carolina State has also been mentioned as a program that’s interested in Daly, who has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Other schools connected to Daly, according to Rivals.com, are Nevada, Temple, Ole Miss and San Diego, among others.

Before signing with the Blue Hens two years ago, the programs that had the most interest in Daly were Hartford, Holy Cross, UMBC, Morgan State and St. Mary’s.

That was before Daly was named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year as a freshman and made third-team All-CAA as a sophomore.

With signing day for basketball recruits coming up on Wednesday, Delaware has received a verbal commitment from Matt Veretto, a 6-foot-7 forward — who can shoot from the outside — from East Catholic (Conn.) High.

There are also reports that the Hens are in the running for Andre Fox, a 6-foot-4 senior guard who’s played at High Point for the past three seasons.

Gono making the rounds

Several NFL teams are taking a closer look at Wesley College offensive lineman Matt Gono.

Among the teams bringing Gono in for individual workouts are the Vikings, Jets, Lions, Bears, Eagles, Falcons and 49ers. An online mock draft also had Gono being taken in the sixth round by the Saints.

The Wolverines have never had a player drafted in the NFL since Wesley became an NCAA Division III program, although quarterback Joe Callahan made the Packers’ roster as a free agent.

The NFL draft is April 26-28.

Notes

• Smyrna High basketball standout Caleb Matthews has four NCAA Division II scholarship offers: Adelphi, Saint Anselm, Caldwell and Wilmington University. The first signing day for Division II players is also on Wednesday.

• Dover High grad Jordan Hutchins got his first start for the Delaware baseball team at Michigan last weekend. The sophomore shortstop had two hits, including a double, in eight at-bats this season.

• Milford High grad Nia Bowe, a freshman outfielder for the Coppin State softball team, is third in the MEAC in batting average (.424), fourth in RBI (26) and third in homeruns (6). She’s been named the MEAC Rookie of the Week three times.

• Polytech High grad Brandi Dalious, a sophomore outfielder for Wesley, is fifth in the Capital Athletic Conference in batting (.431) and tied for second in homers (5).

• Another Polytech grad, Cole Garey, who is a freshman on the Delaware State baseball team, is tied for the MEAC lead in doubles with 10.

• Hornet teammate Miguel Rivera, also a Polytech grad, is third in the MEAC in an an interesting category. He’s been hit by pitch 13 times.

• Wesley football coach Mike Drass has been happy with the play of cornerback Jon Castro in spring practice. The Dover High grad is in his second year with the Wolverines.

• Also, Wesley has added transfer wide receiver Ruhann Peele, who started four games for Rutgers in 2013.

• Cape Henlopen High recently had a group of seniors announce their college choices: Lindsay Monigle (West Chester, lacrosse) Ulysis Slagle (Muhlenberg, soccer), Colleen Donohoe (Mt. Aloysius, soccer), Troy Humphries (Marywood soccer) and Kaylie Truitt (Lynchburg, field hockey).

• Delaware women’s basketball coach Natasha Adair has been selected as a guest speaker for USA Basketball Las Vegas Coach Academy in July.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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