By Phil Anastasia

Villanova recruit Tim Delaney will leave Pitman High School and spend his senior year at Blair Academy, his mother Jeanine confirmed Monday morning.

The 6-foot-9 Delaney helped Pitman to the Group 1 state title as a junior. He was a two-time, second-team All-South Jersey selection.

Delaney averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds last season. He played some of his best basketball in the state tournament, as Pitman drove to the third state title in the history of the program and nearly upset Group 4 champion Linden in the Tournament of Champions.

Jeanine Delaney confirmed that her son would enroll at Blair Academy but declined further comment.

Tim Delaney and his mother returned early Monday morning from Colorado Springs, where Tim Delaney played on the winning team in the USA Basketball 3-on-3 national championship tournament.

Playing for Team Legit with Braxton Blackwell (Nashville), Charles Matthews (Chicago) and Kipper Nichols (Lakewood, Ohio), Delaney participated on the winning team in the tournament at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

The team earned the right to represent the USA at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games from Aug. 16-28 in Nanjing, China.

Blair is a non-NJSIAA prep school in Blairstown, in northwestern New Jersey. Athletically, the school is known for its national-caliber wrestling program but also has a high-caliber basketball team.

Delaney spent three years at Pitman as a tuition student. He is an outstanding student who ranks No. 1 in his junior class at Pitman.

Delaney committed to Villanova after his sophomore year at Pitman. He can sign his national letter of intent in November.

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