Singletary out of draft, to return to Virginia

Posted: June 18, 2007

Guard Sean Singletary will return for his senior season at Virginia, Penn Charter coach Jim Phillips told the Daily News today.

Players who had declared for the draft and had not hired an agent had until a midnight deadline to return to school.

Singletary, a 6-foot guard, was on the Charlottesville, Va., campus and discussed his decision with Cavaliers coach Dave Leito. He had spent part of the summer at Virginia, continuing to work toward his anthropology degree.

Singletary worked out for the 76ers last Friday. He told the Daily News last week that he was not pleased with his performance at the NBA predraft camp in Orlando 2 weeks ago. His evaluations of himself didn't alter much in workouts with Chicago, Seattle or Portland. He said he "didn't showcase my complete package as a player." Houston was the only place he said he felt comfortable with his workout.

Last year, Singletary led the Cavaliers to their best season in nearly a decade. His 19.0 points per game tied for second in the Atlantic Coast Conference and helped guide Virginia to a 21-11 record, 11-5 in the conference and a share of the ACC regular-season title. The thought of possibly becoming one of the greatest players at Virginia since Ralph Sampson is part of the reason Singletary struggled with his decision.

"I definitely want to come in and be an impact player right away," Singletary said last week. "I don't just want to come in and be another player on an NBA roster just sitting there. I want to come in and be able to help contribute to my team for an entire season."

Also today, Strawberry Mansion product Maureece Rice opted to return for his senior season at George Washington. Rice, the city's all-time leading scorer as a high schooler, was the Atlantic 10's sixth man of the year last season and averaged 15.8 points per game for the Colonials (23-9).

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