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Delaware State Hornets

General Team Information:

NCAA Division: Division I
Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Past Conferences: Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
City: Dover, Delaware
Arena: Memorial Hall
NCAA Tournaments: 1 (2005)

Championships:

National Championships – 0
Conference Titles – 3 (2005, 2006, 2007)

Team History

Delaware State’s basketball team began play in the 1958-59 season, playing as an independent until joining the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association for the 1969-70 season. The Hornets’ foray into the CIAA was short-lived, however, as the school was one of the original MEAC teams for the 1971-72 season. When the NCAA elevated the MEAC to Division I status for the 1980-81 season, the Hornets became a Division I team.

Delaware State struggled throughout the 1980s and 1990s, posting just one winning record. Greg Jackson became coach in 2000-01 and the team’s fortunes changed a bit. The Hornets had back-to-back winning records in 2001-02 and 2002-03 and won the MEAC conference tournament in 2005, sending them to their only NCAA Tournament appearance. The Hornets didn’t embarrass themselves, losing 57-46 to No. 1 seed Duke.

Delaware State won 21 NCAAB games in each of the next two seasons but couldn’t win the conference tournament, so the Hornets settled for NIT appearances in 2006 and 2007. The Hornets didn’t return to the postseason again until the 2014-15 season when they went 18-17 and were invited to play in the CBI. That was Delaware State’s last season where it didn’t have a losing record, with the Hornets going just 38-168 between the 2015-16 and 2021-22 seasons.

Delaware State Hornets All-Time Records

Points Scored

  • Tom Davis, 2,275
  • Dave Withers, 1,795
  • Jahsha Bluntt, 1,721

Rebounds

  • Dave Withers, 1,211
  • Tom Davis, 1,013
  • Marvin Spratley, 931

Assists

  • Jay Threatt, 458
  • Darrin Shine, 420
  • Pinky Wiley, 400

FAQs

How Many Delaware State Players Have Played in the NBA?

The Hornets have had just one player compete in the NBA, and that’s Emanual Davis. Davis wasn’t drafted but still went on to play six seasons for Houston, Seattle and Atlanta, between the 1996-97 and 2002-03 seasons.

What Are the Most Points Delaware State Ever Scored in a Game?

The Delaware State record book lists a 180-106 victory over Amphibious Force in the 1968-69 season as its highest-scoring game ever. The Hornets’ second-highest point total came in the 1978-79 season with a 133-91 victory over Friendship.

Have Any Delaware State Coaches Left With a Winning Record?

The Hornets have had a total of 17 coaches, which includes two interim coaches, and not one of them has been able to post a winning percentage of .500 or better. Several are close, with Greg Jackson (.482) and Bennie George (.479) being the coaches with the best career winning percentages.

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