Former Huskies Sympathize With Delle Donne

Back home in Wilmington, Del., Elena Delle Donne, just 18 years old, has apparently reached an emotional crossroad, one that will require time, patience and the support of her family and friends to resolve. Full Story
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marimuro

Hartford, CT

#1 Jun 9, 2008
Elena is 18 years old and is very close to her family. When my daughter was 18 and went away to college we would spend hours a day on the phone because of her lonliness. We made arrangements where she would come home every weekend and during the week I would go and visit her. It did work out and she is now a very very successful special education teacher.

I hope everyone will just 'chill' and let her do her thing.
Andrew

Salt Lake City, UT

#2 Jun 9, 2008
I agree. I went from Connecticut to college in the west and I was terribly homesick. It just takes time to adjust. I hope everything works out for this young lady.
wtf

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Jun 9, 2008
whatever. grow up. im really close to my family too and when i packed up and left for college 1000 miles away, i didnt think twice about it. you either love the college or you don't. i loved being down south and that helped stop any homesickness i might have felt. i only went home once or twice a semester, which wasn't easy when my family was having problems, but college is about independence. i dont understand an adult who can't be away from her family for more than a month. call me heartless, but you know i'm right.
Elena Delle Donne Fan

East Hartford, CT

#4 Jun 9, 2008
It is a big adjustment for her. It is also a tribute to how close she is to her family. It just takes a little time and hopefully her love for the game and the first class program UCONN has established will draw her back.
sizzle

Durham, CT

#5 Jun 9, 2008
Betcha an xxl UConn sweatshirt that the kid ends up
at Villanova, less than an hour's drive from Wilmington, playing for Geno's bosom buddy, Harry.

“Shawnzo”

Since: Mar 07

Norfolk, MA

#6 Jun 9, 2008
wtf wrote:
whatever. grow up. im really close to my family too and when i packed up and left for college 1000 miles away, i didnt think twice about it. you either love the college or you don't. i loved being down south and that helped stop any homesickness i might have felt. i only went home once or twice a semester, which wasn't easy when my family was having problems, but college is about independence. i dont understand an adult who can't be away from her family for more than a month. call me heartless, but you know i'm right.
And you've turned out to be an excetionally compassionate "adult".
Vol Fan

Kingsport, TN

#7 Jun 9, 2008
Good luck. Give it a try. You are a real talent, and I wished you had come to Tennessee. Just give it a try for a few months and it will most likely work out well for you.
Heartless

United States

#8 Jun 9, 2008
wtf wrote:
whatever. grow up. im really close to my family too and when i packed up and left for college 1000 miles away, i didnt think twice about it. you either love the college or you don't. i loved being down south and that helped stop any homesickness i might have felt. i only went home once or twice a semester, which wasn't easy when my family was having problems, but college is about independence. i dont understand an adult who can't be away from her family for more than a month. call me heartless, but you know i'm right.
And did the media check in with you all the time? Did you have coaches screamin at you or were you in the dorm drinkin beer. It is a different thing to step into this level of program than just be another freshman
Barbara

Langhorne, PA

#9 Jun 9, 2008
No matter how good she is in basketball she is still a kid and has feelings. I think everyone that is judging should think of how they would feel if it was there child, sister or family member. I'm sure it took much more for her to go home and admit that she needs to work on some things. Good luck, Elena. I hope everything works out for you and make your own decision. You know how you feel and you are the most important. You have so much going for you. Take your time and think.
Attila the Hun

Lebanon, CT

#10 Jun 9, 2008
Let's face the cold reality here Geno. This broad was paid off by Pat at the last minute and will be singing bloody Rocky Top in the near future.... What a disgrace!!!
oh oh

Danbury, CT

#11 Jun 9, 2008
Why all the hearts and flowers for this person? Because she is an athlete? They know going in that they are going to be part of a multi-million dollar BUSINESS and if they can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. If this were someone who is attending college to study and get an education and this happened to them probably no one would give a chit. Oh how we adore our sports heroes.
ladyvolsrule

Lancing, TN

#12 Jun 9, 2008
We sure can make her feel at home down here in Big Orange Country if she wants to play for a team playing for a national championship
Don

New Britain, CT

#14 Jun 9, 2008
Wow...why did race have to be thrown into the equation?????????? Typical...
Husky Fan Forever

AOL

#15 Jun 10, 2008
Good riddance! We don't need no primadonna spoiled BRAT on our roster to create a disturbance for everyone! I'm glad she's gone!
Huskies are number 1

AOL

#16 Jun 10, 2008
Rumors in Wilmington are that she regretted signing with the Lady Huskies once she had signed. Sources claim that she got into a shoving match with Maya Moore during a practice, and her departure followed.

Geno said "anyone looking for a reason to quit the team can certainly find one"!

We don't need anyone like her on our team. She will only be a distraction for the next four years! Let her go to the "evil empire" in Tennessee or Villanova! It is her loss!

I really don't think she would be well-accepted now anyways!
Good riddance to the little spoiled child--she needs to grow up!

Love the huskies,
Beth

“Shawnzo”

Since: Mar 07

Norfolk, MA

#17 Jun 10, 2008
Attila the Hun wrote:
Let's face the cold reality here Geno. This broad was paid off by Pat at the last minute and will be singing bloody Rocky Top in the near future.... What a disgrace!!!
"Broad"?? Who are you? Archie Bunker? Is this 1950??? Geez, show a little intelligence, here.
jenna

Redmond, WA

#18 Jun 10, 2008
Sure kids get upset,lonely and even depressed but,mom and dad should of prepared her for life first.Do you know how many players would LOVE to have the chances she has?
Bruce

Redmond, WA

#19 Jun 10, 2008
What will mom and dad do now?
Bball Mom

Burlington, NC

#20 Jun 10, 2008
It makes you wonder why so many girls burn out? There's a lot of age-inappropriate pressure in the girls game.
Caroline Miniscule

Newport News, VA

#21 Jun 10, 2008
>>We don't need anyone like her on our team. She will only be a distraction for the next four years! Let her go to the "evil empire" in Tennessee or Villanova! It is her loss!

My goodness. Let's hope EDD doesn't read these things or she might just think if that's the amount of love she gets from the fans, she *will* go elsewhere.

Have you read *anything* about Della Donne? She has a sister, who has autism and cerebral palsy.

It may be one thing to leave your family and friends and be independent at a new school, knowing those family and friends will understand what you've got to do. But a sister with autism and cerebral palsy will never understand that.

Was Della Donne homesick, or was her sister not doing well without her?

Perhaps Della Donne will indeed sign somewhere closer to home. If so, I won't blame her. And anyone who does is a J-E-R-K.

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