After two straight seasons with season-ending hip surgeries, Tim Delaney came into the 2017-2018 season as healthy as someone with three hip surgeries in two years could be. This season he acted as almost the precursor to the bench-mob, coming in games when the Wildcats had a large lead. He logged a total of 49 minutes this season coming in off the bench and made appearances in 21 total games, including 4 games of ‘Nova’s Championship run (Radford, Alabama, Kansas, Michigan). He grabbed 5 rebounds in total this season, and made a three-pointer in the round of 32 matchup against Alabama.
What’s in store for next year?
It is safe to say Delaney’s surgeries early in his Villanova career put some anticipated obstacles in way of his development with the team. With two years of eligibility left, it will be interesting to see what role he adopts next season. Right now Omari Spellman and Eric Paschall are the undisputed starters for next season, but if Spellman ends up going pro that would take one big man out of the depth chart. Delaney could potentially join Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and incoming freshman Cole Swider in the forward rotations.
If Omari decides to return for another year, Delaney would likely continue on a similar path he took this season coming off the bench in blowout victories. But hey, there’s nothing like helping your team win their second national championship in three years - and being the first person to reach Donte after the buzzer in San Antonio.