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Elena Delle Donne

MapNewark, DE
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  • 2010: Best Athlete


It turns out you can go home again. Well, you can if you’re Elena Delle Donne. The mercurial basketball (and occasionally, volleyball) star returned to the court for the University of Delaware Blue Hens last winter, a year after spurning the University of Connecticut and walking away from the game. Delle Donne lit up the court this year, averaging more than 26 points per game, the third-highest average in the country among Division I athletes. She was voted the CAA’s Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year by league coaches, sports information directors and media. But perhaps the crown jewel on an unforgettable freshman campaign was Delle Donne’s selection as an All-American, a first in 39 seasons of UD women’s basketball. The former high school player of the year at Ursuline Academy took a year off from basketball and played volleyball as a UD freshman in 2008-09. The time off gave Delle Donne a chance to recharge, and moving from Storrs, Connecticut, to Newark allowed her to remain close to her tightly-knit family. Her return to basketball paid immediate dividends and drew national acclaim to the already-successful Blue Hens program. Delle Donne scored 54 points in overtime loss at James Madison. She helped UD attract record crowds. Home, happy and hungry, it was a monster season for the freshman. Welcome back to the court, Elena.

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2010 Best Athlete, Upstate, Critics

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