Virginia's Singletary to enter draft

Posted: April 25, 2007

Virginia guard Sean Singletary will declare for the NBA draft, but is not planning to hire an agent, leaving open the possibility of a return for his senior season.

The 6-foot junior, an all-Atlantic Coast Conference player who starred at Penn Charter, maintained repeatedly this season he would be back for his senior year.

"I have discussed this situation with my family and coach [Dave] Leitao," Singletary said in a statement. "I want to continue to consider all of my options and learn as much as I can about the process. This gives me that opportunity while retaining the option of returning to Virginia."

There is a Sunday deadline for applying for early entry to the June 28 draft. Players who don't hire an agent can withdraw their names until June 18 and return to school.

"I understand Sean's interest in learning more about the process and feel this step will enable him to gather a great deal of information," Leitao said.

A co-captain the last two seasons, Singletary averaged 19 points, 4.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds this season. He also made 87.2 percent of his free throws.

Virginia finished 21-11 and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001, advancing to the second round.

In other draft news:

* Division I scoring leader Reggie Williams plans to skip his senior season at Virginia Military Institute and enter the NBA draft. Williams, a 6-5 forward who averaged 28.1 points, said he will not hire an agent.

* Georgia Tech forward Thaddeus Young entered his name in the draft, yet could return for his sophomore season because he hasn't hired an agent.

* Tennessee guard Chris Lofton, the Southeastern Conference player of the year, said he will not enter the NBA draft, opting instead to return for his senior season. *

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