Moe Deloach

Moe Deloach

Northern Nash graduate Deloach returning to Italy for his fifth pro season

By Jessie H. Nunery

Sports Editor

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Now that he is entering his fifth season of overseas basketball, Rocky Mount native Moe Deloach is accustomed to having multiple offers for his services.

That did not stop Deloach from taking the first offer extended to him this summer.

With so much instability in countries that he could have called home for the next nine months, Deloach decided to return to Italy for a second straight season by signing a deal with Viola Reggio Calabria.

“The competition is great, and it’s Italy’s second league, so I have a chance to move up,” Deloach said. “I love the country, period. There are a lot of Americans there and military bases. It’s a lot different from home, but at least it’s not Eastern Europe.”

Deloach, a 2004 Northern Nash graduate who previously has played in Poland and the Czech Republic, will remain in the same league as his previous team, Lucca, which folded after the 2013-2014 season.

He averaged 18 points and four assists per game last season and caught the eye of rival Viola Reggio Calabria, which made him its first signing of the offseason.

Viola Reggio Calabria’s alumni include four-time San Antonio Spurs champion Manu Ginobili.

Deloach will leave in late August for the team’s training camp, and play begins in October.

He said there were other destinations possible, but safety and the ability to play out a full season made this summer’s choice an easy one.

“It’s a guaranteed job,” said Deloach, whose local summer league will hold its championship games at 6 and 7 p.m. on Monday at the South Rocky Mount Gymnasium. “I don’t want to get in a place where I get stuck and have to come home early.”

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