Best of Delaware 2010
You told us your favorites. We have a few of our own. Herein, the great big list of winners.
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CRITICS, UPSTATE | Elena Delle Donne
It turns out you can go home again—if you’re Elena Delle Donne. The basketball star returned to the court for the University of Delaware Blue Hens last winter, after leaving the University of Connecticut and taking a break from the game. Delle Donne lit up the court this year, averaging more than 26 points per game, the third-highest among Division I athletes. She was voted the CAA’s Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. But the crowning achievement of Delle Donne’s remarkable freshman campaign was perhaps her selection as an All-American—a first in 39 seasons of UD women’s basketball. The former state high school player of the year played volleyball as a UD freshman in 2008-09, which gave Delle Donne a chance to recharge. Moving from Connecticut to Newark allowed her to stay close to her tightly knit family. Her return to basketball attracted national attention to the Lady Hens and helped UD draw record crowds to see amazing performances such as her 54 points against James Madison. Welcome back to the court, Elena.