Malcolm Delaney, who starred on the high school level in Baltimore at now defunct Towson Catholic High School, completed a long journey to the NBA, Wednesday, when the Atlanta Hawks signed the 6-foot-3 guard, who had become a professional basketball star in Europe, to a two-year $1.4 million contract.

Delaney, now 27, began his high school career at McDonogh School where he was slated to be a two-sport star and was considered to have tremendous potential in football as a quarterback. After he decided he wanted give up football and focus all of his attention on basketball, he transferred to Towson Catholic for his sophomore year and helped lead the Owls to the 2007 MIAA A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League championships. He was also the BCL MVP his senior year.

After TC, he attended Virginia Tech and earned third-team All-ACC honors as a sophomore and was a first-team choice as a junior and senior. He averaged 16.6 points per game for his career.

After going undrafted by the NBA, Delaney signed with Élan Chalon in France’s top professional league in 2011. Since then he has played in Ukraine, Germany and, for the last two years, in Russia. Last season, he averaged 16.3 points, 5.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 31 Euroleague games, earning first-team All-Euroleague honors.

In Atlanta, Delaney is expected to challenge for the backup point guard position.