LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Reginald Delk, a 6-4, 175-pound guard who has started in the backcourt for the past two seasons at Mississippi State University, will transfer to the University of Louisville for the final two years of his collegiate playing career.
Delk averaged 9.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and connected on 35.5 percent of his three-point attempts as a sophomore last season as Mississippi State posted a 21-14 record and reached the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament. Delk will practice with the team over the next year before being eligible to play with the Cardinals as a junior in the 2008-09 season.
Delk's uncle Tony Delk played under U of L Coach Rick Pitino at Kentucky, where Tony earned Most Outstanding Player honors while leading Kentucky to the 1996 NCAA Championship and went on to play 10 seasons in the NBA. Reginald's twin brother Richard, who also played the past two seasons at Mississippi State, is also transferring to an undetermined school.
"Reginald is a premier shooter with great range," said Pitino. "He's also an outstanding defensive player. The year sitting out will help him develop his ball-handling skills as well as his one-on-one moves. We're excited to have him. If he's anything close to his uncle, he'll have a very exciting career at Louisville."
Delk started 59 of 65 games over the past two seasons for the Bulldogs, including all 35 last season. He ranked seventh in three-point percentage in Southeastern Conference games last season, hitting 38.2 percent in league games (34-of-89). He scored a season-high 22 points at Georgia, hitting 6-of-9 three-point goals. His collegiate career scoring high was 27 points produced at Arkansas last season when he connected on 7-of-9 three pointers.
Delk hit 122-of-322 three-point goals in his two seasons at Mississippi State (37.9 percent) and had 33 games with multiple three-pointers. Those figures rank him seventh in career three-point percentage at Mississippi State and ninth in both career three-pointers made and attempted. He scored 602 points in two years, a 9.3 scoring average.
Before his time with the Bulldogs, Delk was a top 50 prospect and three-year starter at North Side High School in Jackson, Tenn., where he averaged 22.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a senior in helping his team to a 25-5 record and a second straight runner-up finish in the Class AAA state tournament.
In addition to his twin brother and uncle, Delk has a successful basketball family. His father, Rickie, was a four-time all-conference performer (1973-76) and three-time league scoring champion at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn., where he left as the school's all-time leading scorer (2,327 career points) as well as having his jersey number (#00) retired. An older sister, Genevieve, played at the University of South Alabama, while a younger sister, Gwendolyn, is a senior standout at North Side High School in Jackson, Tenn.
Delk is the fourth addition to the Cardinal roster this season, joining a trio of prep products who have signed with U of L: George Goode, a 6-8, 205-pound forward from Raytown (Mo.) South High School; Clarence Holloway, a 7-1, 270-pound center from Chicago who attended the Chicago Boys To Men Math and English Academy last season; and Preston Knowles, a 6-1, 170-pound guard from George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Ky.