If you don’t know Deshawn Delaney’s story then you don’t realize that his senior year was about more than basketball. It was about pursing a dream where graduated from UNM in May to become the first in his family to achieve that goal.
He showed that perseverance and hard work pay off no matter who you are and where you come from. He came to New Mexico as a Junior College All American rated as the 12th best JC player in his class but he left a member of the Lobo family
On the court, Delaney was the Lobos leading scorer averaging 11.7 points a game in 29 minutes. He also pulled down 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 49.5 percent from the floor and 37.2 percent from three point land.
He showed flashes of being a great scorer but he was also inconstant leading the team in scoring one night only to disappear the next. Deshawn had 21 dunks in 2015 and some of them where the most electric dunks in Lobo history. He won the award for ESPN dunk of the night and made SportCenters Top Ten Plays.
The defining moment of Delaney’s career as a Lobo came when he broke his hand two days before senior night, Lobo coach Craig Neal and Wyoming’s Larry Shyatt had an agreement that let him be an honorary starter on that night. He was allowed to be in the game for the opening tip which Wyoming conceded and then was subbed to a standing ovation.
While his career as a Lobo is over and he will not be drafted in the 2015 NBA draft he will fulfill his dream of playing basketball for a living. He will find his way on to an NBA Summer League roster with the opportunity to play his way on to a training camp roster. If no on signs him he will have the opportunity to go the route of his former teammate Kendall Williams. Either way Deshawn will be playing basketball for money next year.