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Delaware situation continues to deteriorate

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May should be a time of relative relaxation for most college programs. Other than trying to add a piece or two here and there via transfer or late signee and waiting for your players to make their final NBA Draft decisions, there’s not a whole lot of immediate, pressing issues for most programs. It’s about patching holes and looking forward, mostly.

Unless of course, you don’t really have a program, which is the case currently at Delaware.

With the decision of Maurice Jeffers to graduate and transfer, the Blue Hens are down to four scholarship players for the 2016-17 season. They also don’t have a coach.

Yes, it’s May 10th and the University of Delaware hasn’t found a suitable or willing candidate to take the reins of their men’s basketball program.

Monte Ross’ 10-year tenure with Delaware ended nearly two months ago, but there’s still no one in place as head coach. The school hasn’t even gotten around to removing Ross from the coaches page on its website.

Point guard Kory Holden bolted for South Carolina, taking his 17.7 points per game with him, Chivarsky Corbett jumped to UT-San Antonio and Skye Johnson, Eric Carter and Cazmon Hayes also asked for releases.

The Hens have already punted on one of the most important offseason months on the calendar, April (home of two live recruiting periods), and it’s hard to see a coach getting hired now and being able to take anything other than castoffs or players better suited for a lower level just to field a roster for next season. That’s assuming, of course, Delaware does eventually hire a coach.

Likely complicating matters is that Delaware does not have a full-time athletic director, with Matthew Robinson currently serving in an interim capacity after Eric Ziady stepped down in December. Coaches can always replenish a depleted roster, even one as barren as Delaware’s, but nothing makes prospective candidates more leery of a situation than an unsure future of the person who hires them.

In the big picture, it’s more important for Delaware to hire the right person, even if it means sacrificing the short-term, but it’s not a stretch to imagine the handling of the present is doing real damage to the future, whoever the Hens hire.

Delaware signs head coach Monté Ross to an extension

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Monté Ross has reached an agreement on a multi-year contract extension with Delaware, sources told NBCSports.com.

An official announcement is expected to be released this afternoon.

Ross, who has been at Delaware for nine years, was in the final year of his contract this year despite coming off a CAA regular season title and an NCAA tournament trip in 2014 that capped the best seasons in program history, a three-year stretch where the Blue Hens were 39-13.

In 2014-2015, Delaware went just 10-20, but Ross had a team with just one junior and one senior on the roster. Once senior guard Kyle Anderson returned from injury, the Blue Hens finished 9-9 in league play and beat some of the top teams in the conference. With freshmen Kory Holden and Chivarsky Corbett and sophomore Cazmon Hayes both returning, the future is bright in Newark.

The extension was first reported by DelawareOnline.com.

Delaware continues recent dominance of William & Mary (VIDEO)

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After losing many of the key contributors from last season’s CAA tournament champion team, the 2014-15 season hasn’t gone too well for Monte Ross’ Delaware Blue Hens. Saturday afternoon Delaware moved to 6-8 in CAA play with a 73-70 win over William & Mary, which entered the game in sole possession of first place. The win is Delaware’s ninth straight in the series, and they also snapped the Tribe’s 14-game home win streak.

Two Marvin King-Davis free throws with 15 seconds remaining sealed the win for Delaware, with Kyle Anderson, Kory Holden and Cazmon Hayes scoring 15 points apiece to lead the way offensively. Marcus Thornton, one the best all-around guards in the country, led William & Mary with 27 points and Omar Prewitt added 25.

William & Mary, now 10-4 in CAA play, is tied with Northeastern and UNCW in the loss column. The Seahawks are also 10-4, and Northeastern is 9-4.

Delaware lands three-star guard over the likes of Memphis, Oklahoma

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Monte Ross is coming off his best season at the helm of the Delaware basketball program. The Fighting Blue Hens won 25 games, winning the Colonial Athletic Conference and reaching the NCAA tournament.

Delaware enters the 2013-2014 season without Devon Saddler, Davon Usher and Jarvis Threatt. That trio made for a high-scoring perimeter attack with each of them averaging 18.0 points per game or better. Last weekend offered Ross and his staff the opportunity to reload for the future with several recruits on campus for an official visit. The Delaware football home opener against Delaware State was postponed due to weather, but the rain couldn’t put a damper on the experience for three-star guard Eli Cain, who committed to Delaware on Friday night.

He announced the commitment through his personal Twitter account. “For my college career I will be attending the University of Delaware,” he tweeted.

The Blue Hens were able to beat out two high-major programs, Memphis and Oklahoma, for Cain’s services. Boston University was the other finalist.

The 6-foot-6 Cain attends St. Benedict’s Prep (New Jersey) and ran with the Playaz Basketball Club this summer on the Nike EYBL circuit. He averaged 5.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game for the Peach Jam champion Playaz.

The commitment is important for Ross, as next season he will have to account for the loss of Kyle Anderson, senior guard who averaged 11.0 points per game last year. Cain is the first commitment in Delaware’s Class of 2015.

Delaware dismisses junior guard Jarvis Threatt

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Delaware will have to move on next season without potential CAA Player of the Year Jarvis Threatt, as the junior guard was dismissed from the Blue Hens in a release from the school on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-2 Threatt appeared in 25 games for the Blue Hens last season and averaged 18 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game. The speedy guard also shot 41 percent from the field and 21 percent from the three-point line on the season.

Threatt missed nine games during the 2013-14 season due to multiple suspensions but returned in time for the CAA Conference Tournament, where he won Tournament MVP honors in helping Delaware make the 2014 NCAA Tournament with a win over William & Mary.

An ironman when he was with the team, Threatt averaged 37.1 minutes per game as a junior and scored 14 points on 2-for-9 shooting in a Round of 64 loss to Michigan State.

The dismissal from the program for Threatt on Tuesday comes “due to violations of team rules.” Schools officials have no further comment on the matter, according to the release.

Adreian Payne’s 41 points lead No. 4 Michigan State past Delaware

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A few days removed from winning the Big Ten tournament title, the question for East Region No. 4 seed Michigan State was whether or not they’d be able to build on the momentum that has led to many picking them to reach the Final Four. Thanks in large part to Adreian Payne, Tom Izzo’s team advanced to the round of 32 with a 93-78 win over Delaware in Spokane.

Payne scored a career-high 41 points, with 23 of those coming in the first half as Michigan State took control of the game against the CAA champions. The senior forward was nearly unstoppable, making ten of his 15 shot attempts from the field and all 17 of his free throws while also grabbing eight rebounds.

As a team Michigan State shot 53.6% from the field and 10-for-18 from beyond the arc, finding the looks they desired for much of the afternoon. While there were a couple lulls, allowing the Blue Hens to remain within striking distance, it didn’t seem as if the Spartans were truly threatened against a team they matched up well with.

However Payne wasn’t the only standout for Michigan State, as guard Travis Trice contributed 19 points and three rebounds off the bench. With Keith Appling and Denzel Valentine combining to score just seven points against Delaware, Trice’s scoring output gave Michigan State a welcome boost. In total four Spartans scored in double figures, and Appling tallied seven assists with just two turnovers.

Next up for Michigan State is No. 12 Harvard, which beat No. 5 Cincinnati 61-57 in the first game of the day in Spokane.