Singletary Hoping to Make Transition Into Coaching

By: Lindsay Joy Email
By: Lindsay Joy Email

For every professional basketball player, there's a transition into life after their playing days. For Sean Singletary, that transition is underway.

As a former star player at Virginia, Singletary has already made an impact on young basketball players.

"I wear 44 because of Sean," says Will Harkins, who attended Singletary's camp in Charlottesville this week. "I went to every game. I would ball-boy for him and stuff."

Now Singletary is hoping to make a living out of impacting young players as a coach.

"I think I'm in the position to develop young minds," he said. "It's just a beautiful thing when you see the improvement, when you see them listening, and you see the results. It's just awesome, and I want to be a part of that in the near future."

During his UVa career, Singletary averaged 16.9 points, 4.8 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. He was drafted as the 42nd overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2008 NBA Draft. He was eventually traded to Phoenix, where he played 13 games before being traded to Charlotte. Singletary played 24 games with the Bobcats, but that would ultimately be the last stop in his NBA career.

Singletary spent the next five years bouncing around different professional teams, including stops overseas and most recently in the NBA D-League. He's been considering retiring from playing for a few years..

"I've been battling injuries my whole professional career," he says. "I just hate being mediocre. I was always getting back just to get healthy. I wasn't really improving over the years in terms of my professional career and that really bothered me."

With his playing days now behind him, Singletary says there's no disappointment as he gets ready for a new chapter in his life, and a new step in his basketball career.

"I'm making the transition from playing basketball to my next career at the age of 28. I think from here on out it will be smooth sailing. I'll get to spend more time with my family, and like I said I get to develop young minds. I want to be doing something to develop kids."

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