Delonte Maurice West (born July 26, 1983, in Washington, D.C.) is an American professional basketball player in the guard positions for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA.
West went to Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland, where he excelled. He led the Raiders to their first tournament appearance. They made it all the way to the Maryland 4A championship, where he had 22 points and 8 rebounds, but they lost 70-58. He was named Washington Post All Met Basketball Player of the Year due to his average of 20.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 3.1 steals per game. He scored double figures in all but one game his senior season. He then signed with Saint Joseph's University.
At Saint Joseph's University he formed what was widely regarded as the best backcourt in the Atlantic 10 along with Wooden- and Naismith Award-winner Jameer Nelson, averaging 18.9 points and 6.7 assists per game and shooting 41% from three-point range as a junior. His efforts helped the Hawks to go undefeated (27-1) in the regular season, and earn an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Saint Joseph's finished the season at 30-2.
West chose to leave St. Joe's after his junior campaign
Delonte West injured his right thumb in a very typical way during his rookie season with the Celtics in 2004-05.
He sprained the thumb during an in-practice fight for a loose ball, and was later spotted by then-coach Doc Rivers ...
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