Assigned Reading: How fatherhood changed Deshawn Delaney’s life

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“For Deshawn Delaney to be there for his son, he first had to leave him.”

Those words were penned by Geoff Grammar, the New Mexico beat writer for the Albuquerque Journal, as he wrote this story about the Lobos senior guard.

Delaney was headed down a path we hear about far too often. Talented hooper as his athletic career derailed by an apathetic view towards the classroom. But his life was turned around when Delaney found out that his girlfriend was pregnant. He’s from a bad neighborhood in Chicago, one of the worst places to live in the United States these days, and Delaney’s son was a turning point for him.

Delaney would work to better his life in order to make sure that his son didn’t have to grow up with the same issues that Delaney did. I mean, just look at this quote from his former high school coach, Johnnail Evans:

“I’m excited that he’s not around,” Evans said. “I miss him, but I’m so happy that he’s away from this. If he gets a chance to go to the next level and take his mother and his son and go do his thing and get them away from this environment, I would love to not ever see him around here again.”

Grammar’s story details how Delaney did that. It’s worth the read.