Summer league signing takes Delany to new heights

Finn Delany. Photo: Getty Images
Finn Delany. Photo: Getty Images
Finn Delany's rise since his stint in Dunedin reached new heights this week.

The 23-year-old 1.98m Tall Black forward has been named to the Dallas Mavericks NBA summer league roster.

That comes four years after he arrived at the University of Otago to begin a commerce degree in semester two of 2015.

While in town he played for the St Kilda Saints in club basketball, helping them to a championship.

The Nelson product has taken a remarkable path.

A year later he told the Otago Daily Times he ''wasn't really sure where he was going'' with basketball when he decided to make the move.

He had returned from playing division two college basketball in the United States and ''sort of had a break in basketball''.

Not long after, he was picked for a New Zealand Breakers development spot.

He then had an impressive season with the Nelson Giants and went to China with the Tall Blacks.

In late 2016 he inked a full contract with the Breakers.

He has since become a lock for both the NBL side and the national one.

An impressive stint in Serbia followed after this year's NBL and after a mini-camp in Dallas, he was selected for the summer league

There he will play against the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Croatia in Las Vegas from July 6-10.

The league is something of a trial, containing a mix of rookies and fringe NBA talent competing for full roster spots.

Kiwi big man Jack Salt has been confirmed to play for the Phoenix Suns in the summer league.

Salt has just finished four years at the University of Virginia, where he became the first New Zealander to win the men's division one national title in April.

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