The Mount Vernon Nazarene College men's basketball team has landed its second recruit for the 2001-2002 season and he comes to the Cougars with plenty of honors.
Anthony Delimpo, a 6-foot-7 forward/center from Chesapeake, Ohio, has signed a letter of intent to further his education and continue his basketball career at MVNC. As a senior at Chesapeake High School, Delimpo averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game while shooting 69 percent from the field. He also holds the school record for career rebounds with 580.
After earning All-Ohio Second Team honors as a junior, Delimpo was a First Team selection in the Ohio Valley Conference and District 13 as a senior as well as earning Second Team All-State honors for the second year in a row. He was the District 13 Player of the Year, the Southeast District runner-up for Player of the Year, and the Division III Ohio Coaches' Player of the Year. He scored 17 points in the Ohio North-South All-Star game, and he also participated in the Ohio-Kentucky and Ohio-West Virginia All-Star games. In addition, he was nominated for the McDonald's All-American Team.
"I am very excited to have Anthony coming to our school," said MVNC head coach Scott Flemming. "He was highly-sought after by many colleges, but I think he is a perfect fit for our basketball program and more importantly our college as a whole."
"Anthony is a big man who can run the floor," Flemming added. "He will take advantage of that in our up-tempo system. He comes from a winning program, and he brings the right attitude to continue his growth as a player. He is also an outstanding student with strong Christian values. He will make an impact on the court, in the classroom, and on our campus over the next four years."
In addition to his accomplishments on the basketball court, Delimpo has been involved in National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students, and he is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.
"There were three main reasons why I chose to attend MVNC," said Delimpo, who holds a 3.7 grade point average and plans to major in Pre-Physical Therapy. "I liked the Christian atmosphere, the strong academics in my intended major, and the successful basketball team. I really liked the players and Coach Flemming, and I like the fact that MVNC is not too far away from home."
MVNC is coming off an 18-15 season - the team's fifth straight season with at least 18 wins. The Cougars also finished 10-8 in the highly-competitive American Mideast Conference, and the team advanced to the AMC Tournament semifinals for the fifth straight year.