Sean Singletary

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Sean Singletary
Personal information
Born (1985-09-06) September 6, 1985 (age 34)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolWilliam Penn Charter School
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
CollegeVirginia (2004–2008)
NBA draft2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career2008–2014
PositionPoint guard
Number14, 44
Career history
2008Phoenix Suns
2008–2009Charlotte Bobcats
2009Sioux Falls Skyforce
2009–2010Caja Laboral
2011–2012Belfius Mons-Hainaut
2012–2013Texas Legends
2013Telenet Oostende
2013–2014Texas Legends
2014Erie BayHawks
Career highlights and awards

Sean Michael-Eli Singletary (born September 6, 1985)[1] is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and other professional leagues. He played college basketball at the University of Virginia, where his jersey is retired.

Early years[edit]

Singletary was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended C. W. Henry Elementary School in Mount Airy, Philadelphia, attended The Haverford School and then The Perkiomen School for his freshman and sophomore years of high school, then attended high school at William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia for his junior and senior years. He was also a football player in high school, excelling at wide receiver, but he gave up the sport to focus on basketball.

Considered a four-star recruit by, Singletary was listed as the No. 10 point guard and the No. 56 player in the nation in 2004.[2]

College career[edit]

Singletary improved upon his All-ACC Freshman performance in 2004–05 by averaging 17.7 points per game and earning all-ACC first team honors during his sophomore season, which included his second highest scoring game, a 35-point effort against an Adam Morrison-led Gonzaga team.

Singletary was Virginia's floor leader during their pivotal 2006–07 season in which the team moved from their old home at University Hall across the street to the 130 million dollar John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia enjoyed perhaps its best season since 1994–95 with Singletary and senior J. R. Reynolds forming one of the most outstanding backcourt combinations in the history of Cavalier basketball.

On March 9, 2008, against the University of Maryland, Singletary scored his 2,000th career point and finished the game with 2,002 points, and finished his career as the fifth-highest all-time scorer in school history with 2,079 points. He also joined greats Greivis Vasquéz, Johnny Dawkins, and Danny Ferry as the only four players in ACC history to record 2,000 career points, 500 career assists, and 400 career rebounds; adding his 200 career steals makes him the only ACC player to ever record each of those four milestones. Singletary was selected to the 2007–08 All-ACC team, making him, Bryant Stith, and Ralph Sampson the only three Cavaliers to be named all-conference three times in their careers.

Singletary's number 44 was retired by the University of Virginia at halftime of a game against Clemson on February 15, 2009.[3]

As a freshman, he was the only player on the team to start every game during the 2004–2005 season, and was selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman Team. He averaged 10.5 points per game, as well as 3.9 assists per contest in his rookie campaign. Singletary ranked first among ACC freshmen in assists and steals, second in minutes played and third in scoring. He was selected to the Freshmen All-America Team and a second-team selection to the Freshmen All-America Team.

In his sophomore year, Singletary earned a first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection (the first from UVA since Bryant Stith in '92) by averaging 17.7 points (1st team, 5th ACC), and ranking third in FT% in the ACC (.845 125–148), fifth in steals (1.86 54), and sixth in assists (4.17 apg. 121). Against Gonzaga on December 17, 2005, he scored a career-high 35 points, including four 3-pointers, and had six steals and six rebounds in an 11-point loss,[4] and was named ACC Player of The Week. His first career double-double (29 pts, 10 reb) came in the ACC Tournament against the University of North Carolina on March 10, 2006.[5] Singletary was also a co-captain of the Cavaliers and was also named First-team All-ACC selection by, State Player of the Year and a first-team All-State selection by the VaSID, Player of the Year in Virginia and first-team All-State as selected by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, co-recipient of the Bill Gibson Cavalier of the Year Award (team MVP), co-recipient of the Sidney Young Memorial Trophy (team award to that athlete who exemplifies the highest qualities of leadership, cooperative spirit and unselfish service in the interest of athletics at the University of Virginia), and received the team's Most Assists Award.

Singletary became one of the elite point guards in the country his junior year, scoring in double digits in all but one game.[6] He finished the season first on his team and third in the ACC in scoring with 19.0 points per game. Although Virginia started the season slowly, Singletary was instrumental in a seven game in-conference win streak that helped Virginia win a share of the ACC regular season title with an 11–5 record. On January 3, 2007, he scored a career-high 37 points in a blowout of Gonzaga.[7] Singletary gained national attention when he hit an acrobatic game-winning shot against Duke on February 1, 2007 with 1.0 seconds left on the clock, giving Virginia a win over Duke 68–66.[8] On March 6, 2007, Singletary was named to the first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference team for the second consecutive season and was named as a third team All-American by the National Association of Basketball coaches. Along with backcourt mate J.R. Reynolds, he led UVA to its first NCAA tournament berth since 2001, where they played the University of Albany in the first round. Singletary scored 23 points and had 9 assists in a 27-point win over UAlbany.[9] In the second round, Singletary scored 19 points, but only shot 29% from the floor and missed the potential game tying shot in a 77–74 loss to Tennessee.[10] After his missed shot, Singletary fell to the ground crying. Seconds later his coach and teammates approached him to offer consolation.

Singletary confirmed to head coach Dave Leitao that he would return for his senior year season just hours before the 5 p.m. draft withdrawal deadline.

For the 2007–08 season, Singletary was Virginia's primary offensive weapon. Singletary was a co-captain of the 2007–08 Cavaliers, along with Adrian Joseph. Singletary was among conference leaders in the ACC in several statistical categories. As of late February he was second in the ACC in assists, third in scoring, ninth in steals and third in free throw percentage. He had his highest scoring game on March 1, 2008 against Miami, when he scored 41 points.[11] Singletary was selected to the 2007–2008 1st Team All ACC for the third consecutive year. His last collegiate basketball game was a loss against Bradley University at home, in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament. He scored 17 points in the game and received a standing ovation from his loyal fans for his legendary career as a Cavalier.[12]

Professional career[edit]

After undergoing offseason hip surgery, Sean Singletary was selected in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft with the 42nd pick by the Sacramento Kings. In August 2008 he was traded to the Houston Rockets along with Patrick Ewing, Jr. and Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace)[13] then subsequently traded to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for D. J. Strawberry.[14] On December 10, 2008, he was traded once again along with Boris Diaw and Raja Bell to the Charlotte Bobcats for Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley.[15] On March 9, 2009 the Charlotte Bobcats assigned Singletary along with Alexis Ajinca to the NBA D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce.[16]

Following the 2008–09 season, Bobcats didn't pick up the team option on Singletary, therefore he became a free agent.[17] He signed with the Philadelphia 76ers in September 2009,[18] but was waived in October of that year.[19]

On November 10, 2009, he signed with the Spanish Liga ACB team Caja Laboral.[20] Singletary played his last game with Caja Laboral on April 17, 2010.[21] Caja Laboral later became the ACB champion.[22]

In 2011–12, he played for the Belgian League team Dexia Mons-Hainaut.

On November 2, 2012, he was selected by the Texas Legends in the second round of the 2012 NBA D-League Draft.[23] He was waived by the team on April 5, 2013, due to an injury.[24] Later that month, he joined Telenet Oostende of Belgium for the rest of the 2012–13 season.

In November 2013, he was re-acquired by the Texas Legends.[25] On January 22, 2014, he was traded to the Erie BayHawks.[26] On March 26, 2014, he was waived by the BayHawks due to a season-ending injury.[27] Singletary retired from basketball at the close of the 2013–14 season.[28]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

  • First Team All-ACC (2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08)
  • Freshman All-ACC (2004–05)
  • Third Team All-American (2006–07)
  • All-American Honorable Mention (2007–08)

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2008–09 Phoenix 13 1 9.4 .324 .400 1.000 1.2 .9 .5 .0 2.6
2008–09 Charlotte 24 1 7.5 .396 .400 .800 .8 .7 .2 .0 2.3
Career 37 2 8.2 .365 .400 .857 .9 .8 .3 .0 2.4


  1. ^ "Sean Singletary 2008 NBA Draft profile". NBA. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Sean Singletary Recruiting Profile
  3. ^ Singletary's Number to be Retired Archived 2012-03-27 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Morrison, Gonzaga hand Virginia third straight loss
  5. ^ No. 10 Tar Heels ice Virginia to reach ACC semis
  6. ^ 2006-2007 Season Sean Singletary Game Log
  7. ^ Virginia 108, Gonzaga 87
  8. ^ Virginia uses late shot to level No. 10 Duke in OT
  9. ^ One-two punch of Reynolds, Singletary key UVA win
  10. ^ Vols overcome strong guard play by UVA to reach Sweet 16
  11. ^ Miami 95, Virginia 93
  12. ^ Bradley 96, Virginia 85
  13. ^ "It's official: Rockets acquire Ron Artest in blockbuster trade". 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  14. ^ "Suns Acquire Sean Singletary". Retrieved 2008-12-11.
  15. ^ "Bobcats Acquire Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and Sean Singletary from Phoenix". 2008-12-10. Archived from the original on 2008-12-13. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
  16. ^ "Bobcats Assign Ajinca and Singletary to D-League Affiliate". 2009-03-09. Archived from the original on 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
  17. ^ "Free agents McDyess, Bass intrigue Bobcats". Charlotte Observer. 2009-07-03. Archived from the original on 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2009-07-03.
  18. ^ Four hopefuls eye spot with 76ers
  19. ^ Sixers waive Swift, Singletary. Retrieved on October 12, 2009.
  20. ^ El Caja Laboral ficha al base Sean Singletary
  21. ^ Regular season round 30: Fuenlabrada - Caja Laboral 90-86
  22. ^ Finals Game 3: Caja Laboral - Regal Barca 79-78 OT
  23. ^ 2012 NBA Development League Draft Archived 2016-01-14 at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ 2012-13 Transactions Archived 2013-12-10 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ Legends Complete Three Trades, Finalize Training Camp Roster Archived November 9, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ Fab Melo, Daniel Orton Moved in Four-Team Trade Archived 2015-10-26 at the Wayback Machine
  27. ^ BayHawks Release Singletary Archived 2014-03-28 at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ Kelly, Ryan M. (July 15, 2014). "Turning the page, Singletary retires from professional basketball". The Daily Progress. Retrieved September 7, 2016.

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