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Malcolm Delaney declares for NBA, but can return

Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney on Wednesday declared for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent and is eligible to return to play for the Hokies next season if he removes his name at a later date.

Underclassmen that declare for the NBA draft who do not sign with an agent have until May 8 to remove their names from the draft and retain their college eligibility.

"It has always been my dream to play in the NBA and I believe this will give me the opportunity to learn more about the process," Delaney, a junior, said in a statement. "I will be able to get feedback from various people, including NBA scouts and NBA general managers and get my name out there."

His father, Vincent, did not return a telephone message earlier on Wednesday afternoon.

Delaney led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring last season and was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection. An ultra-competitive player, Delaney is a good shooter and has developed in his role at the point, but he was nagged by ankle injuries that affected his shot and raised questions about his durability.

If Delaney returns to Blacksburg next fall, Virginia Tech will be loaded with talent, returning all starters from last season's team and adding forward Allan Chaney, a talented transfer.

In a statement, Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg said of Delaney's decision: "His dream has always been to play at the next level, and this experience will give him a better understanding of where he stains in relation to fulfilling that dream. At the end of the process, he will evaluate what is in his best interest as he peruses his goals."

By Mark Viera  |  March 31, 2010; 4:02 PM ET
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