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.
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