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Malcolm Delaney returning for senior season

In a decision that should give Virginia Tech its strongest team in recent memory, guard Malcolm Delaney has decided to return to play for the Hokies for for his senior year, removing his name from eligibility from the NBA draft.

Delaney made the announcement on his Twitter page on Friday night. "IM COMIN BACC TO SCHOOL... Final 4," he said.

For Virginia Tech, the decision marks a huge turning point as it points toward what could be a promising upcoming season.

Delaney averaged 20.2 points last season, and the Hokies return all five starters from that team, which got off to its best start (12-1) since the 1995-96 season before narrowly missing the NCAA tournament because of a weak schedule. Virginia Tech also adds promising forward Allan Chaney, who sat out last season after transferring from Florida.

Delaney declared for the NBA draft on March 31, but because he did not sign with an agent, he retained his eligibility. He had until Saturday afternoon to withdraw his name without losing his eligibility. Delaney was not considered a first-round draft pick, and some analysts were unsure whether he would be drafted.

His announcement came shortly after he worked out with the Portland Trail Blazers, believed to be his only with an NBA team.

By Mark Viera  |  May 8, 2010; 11:23 AM ET
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Wow, VT is going to be scary next season. I rememeber watching Delaney toast the Terps every time he had the ball. With all the starters returning, I'm thinking they have a legit chance to win the ACC, granted their coaching isn't as good as the other teams in the league.

Posted by: Thundershock | May 9, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Delaney figured out he isn't good enough to go pro, just yet? At least not good enough to be a high draft choice!

With Delaney coming back and a bigger feild in the NCAA, Tech might make the tourney this year? If they don't; ole Seth will take whining and excuse making to a new level before he get's the boot!

PS; Seth; If you guy's play a bad team late in the season like Boston College last year, try to have your team show up?

Posted by: sbf845 | May 9, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Good to see him return; he's a terrific college player who projects to the second round in this guard-heavy NBA draft class. Next year's class might be a little thinner.

Do I think Malcolm Delaney is a future NBA star? No. But here's hoping he leads Tech to the tournament.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 9, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Good move by this young man. He has a much better chance of getting a degree at VT, than making the NBA.

Posted by: morton727 | May 9, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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