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Malcolm Delaney weighing his options

The decision by Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney to declare for the NBA draft, but to not hire an agent so he could return next season, did not come as a surprise. He and his family came to the decision because it allows him to test the waters, while not committing to leaving early.

"Every decision we come to, we think about it," his father, Vincent, said Wednesday evening in a telephone interview. "We didn't just go into this situation with blinders on."

Delaney is following the lead of many other players who have been in a similar position, including Maryland's Greivis Vasquez, who opted to return to College Park last season.

Like Vasquez last year, Delaney is not considered a top draft pick, so it is more difficult to gauge where those players stand. But by declaring his eligibility, Delaney is able to get more exposure through work outs in preparation for the draft, which will help inform his understanding of how he is valued by NBA scouts.

Underclassmen who 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.

Delaney, who is on pace to graduate in December with a degree in apparel, housing, resource management and consumer studies, is still attending classes at Virginia Tech and is training in Blacksburg. He has not committed to a specific schedule of workouts dates for NBA teams.

"A lot is going to depend on his comfort level and getting some feedback from people," Vincent Delaney said. "If he's comfortable going back to Virginia Tech at the end of this process, that's where he'll go."

By Mark Viera  |  March 31, 2010; 6:19 PM ET
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