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June 19, 2013
Villanova landed its first commitment in the class of 2015 today, as Tim Delaney of Pitman (NJ) popped for the Wildcats.
The 6-foot-8 power forward talked about his decision with VUSports.com and explained that location was a big part of his choice.
"Well, I really wanted to be close to my family," Delaney said. "I noticed that because I'm really close to my brothers, and my mom, my uncle, my grandfather, all of them. Playing in the Big East, a very high level [is appealing], and I really connected with all of the coaches, and the players [as well] . . . They're all really fun to be around."
Delaney said that he selected Villanova over a fellow Big Five program.
"I was always leaning towards Villanova for a while," Delaney said, "but it was probably between Villanova and St. Joe's once I figured out that I wanted to stay close to home."
The rising sophomore, who said he also had offers from Temple, La Salle, Rutgers, Oregon State, and Penn State, talked about when he realized he wanted to remain near home for college.
"I was kind of thinking it for a while," Delaney said, "but my mom was in a car accident recently-everyone is fine-but it kind of brought me to my senses, like I really don't want to leave this."
Delaney went on to share just when he decided that he wanted to be a Villanova Wildcat.
"I was visiting up there on Monday, we took a tour around the campus," Delaney said. "I felt really strong that I wanted to go, so I came home and I talked it over with my mom, my uncle and I my HS coach and I decided today that I was going to go to 'Nova."
The frontcourt prospect spoke a bit more about his unofficial visit to the Main Line just two days.
"We went up there and toured the campus, talked with coach [Jay] Wright, coach [Billy] Lange, all the staff, pretty much just talked basketball and then looked around the campus," Delaney said. "It was pretty awesome."
Delaney, who noted he was on campus from about 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., said he spoke with multiple members of the Villanova coaching staff this afternoon when he made his commitment.
"I called coach Wright and then Coach Lange gave me a call and I was pretty much able to talk to the whole staff," Delaney said.
The Garden State prospect said of the reaction from the coaches, "They were all really excited everyone was talking to me on the phone. It was really just a great experience to feel all that."
June 15 was the first date that coaches could call players in the class of 2015 and Delaney said the added communication helped him feel more comfortable with the VU staff.
"It did. As soon as of June 15th hit, they were calling me, I was calling them back," Delaney said. "I just got a little more comfortable, realizing what it would be like."
The mobile frontcourt player said that he has not really discussed with the staff exactly what his role will be once he joins the squad.
"They didn't really talk about that as much," Delaney said, "but I'm just hoping I can go in there, help the team."
Delaney mentioned that making such an early commitment was not necessarily something that he was expecting to do.
"I just had a good feeling in my gut and it wasn't pre-planned like I wanted to commit before my junior year or after my sophomore year," Delaney explained. "It just felt good. Once I realized that's where I wanted to go, I didn't want to have any more distractions from . . . me trying to help my high school team."
Now that his decision is behind him, Delaney said it does kind of feel like a weight has been lifted from his shoulders.
"A little bit, I feel a bit of relief," Delaney said. "I'm also really excited to know where I'm going to be going."
Delaney said that he will not really be recruiting players to join him at Villanova, but instead will let the coaches handle that.
"Well there's a couple of my friends that I would love to play with, but I'm going to leave that up to the coaching staff if they want bring them in or not."
The big man said there is no one in particular that he had in mind, though.
"I'm not really sure," Delaney said. "You always think you want play with a lot of your AAU teammate, but I like playing with my high school team right now. It always changes once you meet new people."
Finally, Delaney had one message for Villanova fans: "When I get there I just want to help the team win a national championship."