If Delaware and UConn advance to Monday’s Elite Eight game, its almost certain both Geno Auriemma and Elena Delle Donne will be asked to delve deeply into their past, a past when he was her coach for two days as a freshman.
But for now, this is what Geno said about the Delaware All-American:
“I would say that it appears there has been a huge change in maybe her approach to the game,” Auriemma said. “She is willing to take on the kind of responsibility that come with that kind of God-given talent.
“I think the object of going to college is to find out a little bit about who you are and what you may become. If that happened for her, then it’s been a good four or five years for her, and whether it happens at UConn or Maryland does not matter. If kids go to college and it turns out right, that’s all that matters.
“When we recruit a player for UConn, you hope that’s what you can do [provide] for them. If they go someplace else, at least you know you are recruiting the right kind of kid. If they go some place and are a failure then you are obviously going down the wrong path.
“I am happy for her and her family, I’m glad we can still identify talent in our old age.”