Singletary enters draft, has option to return to Virginia

Updated: April 24, 2007, 5:54 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- 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, maintained repeatedly this season he would be back for his senior year.

"I want to continue to consider all of my options and learn as much as I can about the process," he said in a statement released by the school.

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," Virginia coach Dave 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, shared the ACC regular-season title with North Carolina and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2001, advancing to the second round.

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