Delaney not hesitant to attend Va. Tech

`It's just sad,' T. Catholic star says of attack

April 19, 2007|By Stephen Whyno | Stephen Whyno,Sun Reporter

On countless news broadcasts, Virginia Tech students have affirmed that they have no intention to leave the school after the attack that left 32 people and the gunman dead on campus Monday. That sentiment holds true for Towson Catholic guard Malcolm Delaney, who signed to play for Virginia Tech beginning next season.

Delaney said he still plans to go to school there, reasoning that the shootings could have happened anywhere. Delaney's muted reaction was tinged with a sense of sadness, but no semblance of hesitation about being a Hokie in the fall.

"It's just sad. I didn't have much of a reaction. It's just something bad," Delaney said, adding "it doesn't really affect anything sports-wise" for him.

The rest of spring football was canceled, but other events this weekend will go on as scheduled, including Virginia Tech's participation in Atlantic Coast Conference tournament events.

Even though it's not basketball season, Delaney said he spoke with Hokies coach Seth Greenberg and friends at the school. Delaney said Greenberg assured him the attack would not change anything for the team or its recruits. He also said Tuesday that he couldn't gauge much of a reaction from people on campus about the attack.

"I guess it hasn't really hit them yet," Delaney said.

Delaney was The Sun's boys basketball Player of the Year this past season, leading the Owls in scoring with 19.5 points per game. He said he plans to visit Blacksburg, Va., again in July.

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