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Archbishop Carroll senior guard Colin Daly is Main Line Boys Athlete of the Week

Colin Daly

The senior guard was a big reason why Archbishop Carroll advanced to the PIAA 5A state quarterfinals, averaging double digits in scoring and pulling down more than four rebounds per game. He was named to the All-Tournament Team at the prestigious Benedictine Capital City Classic in Richmond, Va. Earlier this season as the Patriots captured the championship. Daly will be playing basketball next winter for West Chester University.

Q: Your father, Brian Daly, was a former player for St. Joseph’s University and an assistant men’s basketball coach at Penn State.  What has been the most important thing he has taught you, on the court and off?

A: The most important thing that my dad has taught me is that if you work hard in everything you do then good things will happen. This applies not only in the game of basketball but also in real life too.

Q: As the only returning starter, you’ve been part of a Carroll squad that’s come a long way this winter. What has been the most memorable moment of the season? Can you share your memory of that moment and/or game with us?

A: My favorite memory of this season with our team is when we beat Lansdale Catholic. I feel like we really came together not just on the court, but off the court too I felt like we became closer as a team and we started to play better because of that. Beating Bonner twice was also a high point for all of us.

Q: You averaged more than four rebounds per game this season – what do you think has been the key to your productive rebounding?

A: The key to my productive rebounding I think was being more aggressive when the shot went up and timing it right.

Q: Each week, you, Coach Romanczuk and your senior teammates hold a “book club” meeting in which you discuss several chapters from “The Hard Hat” by John Gordon, in which the subtitle is “21 ways to be a great teammate.” What do you find most valuable about that book?

A: The most valuable part of the book in my opinion is that, as seniors, we were able to take what we learned and apply it to the rest of the team. I would recommend this book for any team.

Q: You were named to the All-Tournament Team at the prestigious Benedictine Capital City Classic in Richmond, Va. earlier this winter. Tell us a little about the team’s experience at the tourney – what is your most vivid memory from the tournament?

A: It was an honor to be in the tournament and we played really well to win the championship and the best part of it was being able to represent Archbishop Carroll the way we did.

Q: Is there a reason you wear No. 10 – does it carry any special significance to you?

A: No. 3 was my favorite number growing up but that was not available as a freshman, so I chose No. 10 instead. I felt that it fit me pretty well so I stuck with that all throughout high school for AAU and at Carroll.

Q: What do you feel is your strongest aspect of your game? What are you working on most at the current time?

A: I feel the strongest part of my game right now is shooting the ball and I am currently working on my strength and quickness.

Q: What is your favorite basketball venue and why?

A: My favorite basketball venue is the Palestra because of its history. I feel fortunate to have played there two out of my four years in high school.

Q: Why did you choose West Chester University? What other colleges were in the running? What do you think you’d like to major in? Is there a career path that particularly interests you at the present time?

A: I chose West Chester because of the coaches, the team, and the competitiveness of the league. There were a few other schools recruiting me but I felt most comfortable at West Chester. The career path that I would like to follow is becoming a basketball coach, just like many of the people before me in my family.

Q: What extracurricular activities are you involved in at Archbishop Carroll?

A: I participated in THON. I also attended the Dominic Coyle Memorial 3 on 3 tournament held at Carroll but was unable to play because it was during the season. That tournament was special to my class because we all lost a friend and a classmate in Dominic.

Fun facts: Colin Daly

Favorite TV show: Game of Thrones.

Favorite movie: Good Will Hunting.

Favorite pre-game pump up music: Dreams and Nightmares by Meek Mill.

Favorite team: Philadelphia 76ers.

Favorite basketball player: Stephen Curry.

Favorite place to visit: Ocean City, N.J.

Favorite pre game meal: Pasta.

Person I most admire: “My Nan because she is currently fighting her second battle versus cancer and she is the strongest person that I know.”

Favorite color: Red.

Family members: parents Brian and Tracie, brother Ryan (playing basketball for University of Delaware), Keri (plays lacrosse and field hockey for Archbishop Carroll).

(To be selected as Main Line Boys Athlete of the Week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by his coach.)

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