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.
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.
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.