There was some unexpected news coming out of the University of Delaware Men’s basketball program on Friday and that was Former CAA Rookie of The Year Ryan Daly will transfer from the Blue Hens Men’s Basketball Program.
Daly will transfer to Saint Joseph’s University and there is pretty special reason he chose the college. It’s all in the family, Daly’s father and grandfather played on the Hawks basketball team. Daly’s grandfather was even the head coach at one point at St. Joes. The former Delaware player’s mother also went to St. Joes as well.
Blue Hens head coach Martin Ingelsby announced the surprising announcement from the two time All CAA Third team ( 2017 & 2018) guard on Friday afternoon.
Ingelsby had this to say about Ryan Daly transferring from the University of Delaware Men’s Basketball Program:
“Ryan informed us today of his decision to transfer from the University of Delaware and we have granted him his release. As coaches, we care deeply about our student-athletes and always want what’s best for both them and our program. We appreciate Ryan’s contributions and support any decision that he and his family feel is best at this time. We wish him the best of luck,” Ingelsby said.
The Ardmore, Pa. native averaged 16.7 points per game, 6.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1 steal and 0.2 blocks in two seasons with the Blue Hens.
On the Blue Hens this season, Daly ranked first in total points with 489, first in points per game with 17.5, first with 178 field goals made and second in three points made with 46.
Daly scored 1,000 career points in his two seasons at University of Delaware which ranks 34th in the program’s history.
The rising basketball star had this to say about his transfer from University Of Delaware:
“This has been a very difficult decision for me, but right now after extensive discussion with my family, I believe it is the best thing for me personally. This is not a reflection on the University or the basketball program,” Daly said. “I love Coach Ingelsby, his staff, my teammates and the fans and I thank them for the past two years. However, for my overall happiness, I feel a change of schools is needed. I will miss being here, but will keep rooting for Delaware.”
This is a big loss for the program as Daly was one of the rising stars on the Blue Hens who was helping lead the Hens back on the road to success.
Each of Daly’s two season with the Blue Hens the team made it to the CAA tournament quarterfinals.
It definitely will be an interesting season next year with no Ryan Daly and senior Anthony Mosley will also be departing but the Hens have still have a lot young exciting talent on their roster.