Former Rhode Island star Delroy James had some excellent NBA workouts last summer prior to the NBA draft. He was told by several teams that he was being considered as a second round pick. The draft concluded and James was not selected.
However Delroy is now doing what he can to show NBA staff that he has the tools to play in the league. James signed a six-figure contract with Bnei Hasharon of the Israeli Premier League. Delroy’s brother Shawn is in his fourth year in the league. Shawn, a 6’10 center from Duquesne, played his first two seasons for Hasharon and is now the starting center for powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Delroy, a 6’7 forward, has been playing extremely well in his first professional season. Through six games, he’s averaging 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He’s been named the player of the week twice. In his second game he led Hasharon to an 84-82 win over Maccabi Haifa by scoring 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and three steals. In his most recent game he came up with a season high 34 points, including three three-pointers, in a 101-96 victory over Ironi Ashkelon.
James has the athletic tools, with a 7’2 wingspan, to be an excellent defender on the wing in the NBA. If the NBA doesn’t open up for him he’ll enjoy a long and successful career in Europe. NetScouts Basketball will be following his play in Israel this season.