Playing junior college basketball in Missouri, Evan Singletary was mostly recruited by Division I programs in the South and the Midwest. But the former Dunbar guard was hoping for more East Coast schools to come after him.
"I wanted to be closer to my daughter," said Singletary, who graduated from Dunbar in 2012 and enrolled at Moberly Area Community College the following fall. "She's 3 months [old] now. That was really a key thing. I didn't want to be real far."
Starting this summer, Singletary will be just a five-hour drive away from his daughter. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound point guard committed to Albany on Sunday, picking the Great Danes over offers from Abilene Christian, North Carolina Central, Texas Pan-American, Texas State and several others.
"It just felt like the right place for me," Singletary said Monday. "It’s closer to home [than the other schools that offered]. I liked everything that Coach [Will] Brown was telling me."
A Baltimore Sun All-Metro first-team player as a senior, Singletary averaged 15 points, 3.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds in leading the Poets to the 2011-12 Class 1A state championship. He received interest from Loyola, Samford, Stony Brook, UMBC and others, but ended up at Moberly after his SAT score came up short of NCAA standards.
Though he briefly considered prep school, Singletary eventually decided that going to junior college made more sense.
"I was OK with it because of all the past Dunbar players" who went to junior college before playing DI ball, Singletary said. "Sam Cassell was JUCO [before Florida State]. [Former Dunbar assistant Roderick Harrison] went JUCO [before UMBC]. Coach [Cyrus] "Diego" [Jones] went JUCO [before West Virginia]. They made it out good. [Former Poets] Derrell Edwards (High Point), Corey Spence (Northern Colorado), they’re playing Division I" after starting at junior college.
Singletary said he started six games as a freshman and averaged around 10 or 11 points. This season, he's Moberly's starting point guard and is putting up around 16 points and five assists per game.
Living in Missouri has been "very different," Singletary said. "[It's a] small town, no good radio stations. But it’s good, though. You get away from a lot and focus on school and basketball."
Singletary was recruited by Albany to play the 1. Though he hasn't seen Albany yet, he plans to take an official visit to his future home after the junior college season is done.
"I’m looking forward personally to working hard ... [and] hopefully winning the conference, going to the NCAA tournament. That’s what I’m really looking forward to."
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