Singletary goes to Sacramento
After months of workouts, meet-and-greets, and speculation, recently graduated UVA point guard Sean Singletary finally learned of his professional basketball fate when deputy commissioner Adam Silver announced that with the 42nd overall pick, the Sacramento Kings had made Singletary one of theirs.
Singletary is the first Cavalier to be chosen in the NBA Draft since the Chicago Bulls drafted guard Roger Mason in 2002.
While nobody doubted Singletary could come through in the clutch–- most notably for the Cavaliers when he made an off-balance, last-second shot to beat Duke in 2007–- but some wondered if his 5' 11", 185 lb. frame was too slight to play in the NBA, even as a point guard. But ESPN analyst Jay Bilas kept singing Singletary's praises into the second round, saying, "He's being undervalued. He can play in the NBA."
Not that Singletary heard the kind words. So cool was the Philly native that he confesses to the Philadelphia Daily News this morning that he wasn't even watching the draft, instead opting to hang out at a friend's house who didn't have cable. "I knew it was going to happen," he says. "But still, it was nice. My agent was hearing I could go anywhere from 18th to 48th. So though I guess it would have been nice to go earlier, I'm happy with how it turned out."
For those Wahoo fans who remember the early '80s rivalry between UVA center Ralph Sampson and Georgetown big man Patrick Ewing, the next pick in the draft was not without significance. The Kings also possessed the 43rd overall selection, and with it made Georgetown forward Patrick Ewing, Jr. a teammate of Singletary's.