Top recruit Delle Donne decides to le...

Top recruit Delle Donne decides to leave Huskies

There are 12 comments on the NewsTimes.com story from Aug 17, 2008, titled Top recruit Delle Donne decides to leave Huskies. In it, NewsTimes.com reports that:

Less than one year ago, Elena Delle Donne, an ultra-talented 6-foot-5 guard from Wilmington, Del., could not stop gushing about playing college basketball at UConn.

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Since: Mar 08

Gloucester, MA

#1 Aug 17, 2008
Eventually, the reason for her leaving will be known. Until then its prudent to follow Geno's lead and wish her "the best of luck". While its a significant loss of such primier talent, one can only wonder that it must be a really good reason for her to reject an opportunity to play for a storied program and a terrific coaching staff. If its not a good reason, then this is, truly, a tragedy for her.
ymz

Newtown, CT

#2 Aug 17, 2008
UCONN offers so much, perhaps Delle Donne wanted more out of her college years than running up and down a court to boost ticket sales for UCONN's big revenue sport. Maybe being a full time athlete, essentially under 'contract' to UCONN wasn't the opportunity she valued most. Perhaps she wanted to be a student first, explore various life paths, contribute to an academic community, study abroad or form friendships with peers and mentors outside of basketball.I hope this recruit is the leading edge of a new wave of athlete who gets that college sports are just games, meant to be played and enjoyed. Today, to participate in many college sports programs is to have a full time job. College is and should be so much more than that.
It's called perspective.
Kara Wolters - the 'color consultant' for UCONN - is she kidding? Saying that a high school recruit is "like a cancer", "she's whacked"?? Why? Because she elects not to play ball? Sadly, Kara Wolters can't imagine a world beyond college basketball, thankfully Delle Donne can. Wolter's comments are unprofessional at best and paint an unflattering picture of what goes on within the UCONN program.

Since: Mar 08

New Haven, CT

#3 Aug 18, 2008
ymz wrote:
UCONN offers so much, perhaps Delle Donne wanted more out of her college years than running up and down a court to boost ticket sales for UCONN's big revenue sport. Maybe being a full time athlete, essentially under 'contract' to UCONN wasn't the opportunity she valued most. Perhaps she wanted to be a student first, explore various life paths, contribute to an academic community, study abroad or form friendships with peers and mentors outside of basketball.I hope this recruit is the leading edge of a new wave of athlete who gets that college sports are just games, meant to be played and enjoyed. Today, to participate in many college sports programs is to have a full time job. College is and should be so much more than that.
It's called perspective.
Kara Wolters - the 'color consultant' for UCONN - is she kidding? Saying that a high school recruit is "like a cancer", "she's whacked"?? Why? Because she elects not to play ball? Sadly, Kara Wolters can't imagine a world beyond college basketball, thankfully Delle Donne can. Wolter's comments are unprofessional at best and paint an unflattering picture of what goes on within the UCONN program.
Seriously, all things considered a scholarship to the UCONN women basketball program is an opportunity to succeed both achademically, as well as athletically. There is no guarantee that success is assured but, then, again, there are no guarantees for one's life success in any program. However, if history is considered, a good number of UCONN athletes under the coaching of Geno have produced successful women both in and out of basketball. This is a fact.
kc - Newtown

Danbury, CT

#4 Aug 18, 2008
I am very disappointed in the remarks attributed to Kara Walters regarding the decision by Elena Delle Donne not to stay at UCONN. UCONN should immediately distance themselves from these hurtful and adolescent statements. A teenager made the wrong decision for her future and was mature enough to face it instead of trying to please everyone else. I hope that Kara's children are given the benefit of the doubt if and when they are facing similar pressures in the future and not publically chastised by aging alumni in the press.
ymz

Newtown, CT

#5 Aug 18, 2008
DonCC, Unfortunately participation in a program like UCONN precludes opportunity to be a full time student, study abroad, etc. These athletes are tutored, live apart from the rest of the student body and are in essence full time contracted athletes for UCONN. There are too many opportunities out there to succeed academically and athletically for any academically qualified student to relinquish ownership of their college experience. There are highly touted and talented kids who may elect to go other routes for just this reason. All the best to Delle Donne, I hope she takes her time deciding what she'd like to do and finds the experience she's seeking.
Winnie

United States

#7 Aug 18, 2008
ymz wrote:
UCONN offers so much, perhaps Delle Donne wanted more out of her college years than running up and down a court to boost ticket sales for UCONN's big revenue sport. Maybe being a full time athlete, essentially under 'contract' to UCONN wasn't the opportunity she valued most. Perhaps she wanted to be a student first, explore various life paths, contribute to an academic community, study abroad or form friendships with peers and mentors outside of basketball.I hope this recruit is the leading edge of a new wave of athlete who gets that college sports are just games, meant to be played and enjoyed. Today, to participate in many college sports programs is to have a full time job. College is and should be so much more than that.
It's called perspective.
Kara Wolters - the 'color consultant' for UCONN - is she kidding? Saying that a high school recruit is "like a cancer", "she's whacked"?? Why? Because she elects not to play ball? Sadly, Kara Wolters can't imagine a world beyond college basketball, thankfully Delle Donne can. Wolter's comments are unprofessional at best and paint an unflattering picture of what goes on within the UCONN program.
She seems like a really nice kid. One who just isn't tough enough mentally to handle UCWBB right now. UC and DD are better off and I think they both know it.
RagsTTiger

Versailles, KY

#9 Aug 23, 2008
Winnie, I agree 100%

The women's basketball program has always been known for selecting players who were good in the classroom and on the court. Real role models for any student-athlete.

The men's basketball program unfortunately has a rep for having students leaving for the "pros", grabbing the bennies and then just blowing the University off. Their criminal histories and attitudes indicate that they will never receive a degree. Poor Calhoun seems to spend more time in legal court than on the basketball court
Sounds strange

Worcester, MA

#10 Aug 23, 2008
Sounds strange. This girl sounds a little whacky if you ask me. One of my kids just left for UCONN this week and it is an amazing University. This girl should have been honored to receive a scholarship to play and to study there. She should have told them no before. It's a little late and it will look bad on her record.
Right

Worcester, MA

#11 Aug 23, 2008
Wolters is right... don't need some girl that's going to be a whacko and cause problems for the team down the road. This Delldonne sounds a little nutty. Says she always wanted to play for Uconn and couldn't wait to wear the uniform. Then after two weeks backs out. Unreal. You know how many kids would give anything to have this opportunity. Better for the team and UCONN that the fruitloop backed out.
Well excuse me

AOL

#12 Aug 23, 2008
I guess UCONN the top rated University in New England wasn't good enough for her. Good riddance DelDong... stay in Delaware. UCONN doesn't need you either.
bballer

Boston, MA

#13 Aug 24, 2008
the girl has a special needs family member who did not do well with out her presence.
Yeah

AOL

#14 Aug 24, 2008
bballer wrote:
the girl has a special needs family member who did not do well with out her presence.
She's got a sister with all sorts of special needs. It sounded like it was too difficult for her to be away from the family.

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