Singletary’s Return Should Spark UVa

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Sean Singletary said he believes “the sky is the limit” for the Cavaliers in 2007-08.

When Sean Singletary and Dave Leitao met with the media on Tuesday to discuss Singletary’s decision to return for his senior season at Virginia, a reporter asked a simple, but important question: “What’s the difference between a team with Sean and a team without him?”

Leitao couldn’t help but chuckle. Let’s just say that Leitao feels lucky to have a team with Singletary leading the way.

“It’s significant, obviously,” Leitao said. “You’re talking about one of the greatest players to ever play here, a guy that will go down in the ACC as one of the all-time greats and not just for his talent. He has a mentality, a competitiveness, and an ability to perform in the clutch like only a few can do. Without a guy like that, we would have had to play some younger guys for longer minutes. As much as anything, leadership would be missing to a degree. On any good team, you have to have that.”

In Singletary, Virginia has its unquestioned leader back in the fold for his senior season. It changes the outlook for the Cavaliers in 2007-08. With Singletary in the mix, the Cavs could have an interesting blend in the backcourt with a seasoned point guard leading the way. Veterans like Mamadi Diane , Solomon Tat , and transfer Calvin Baker all return so the Hoos could put out a line-up with experience. Of course, incoming recruits like Jeff Jones , Sam Zeglinski , and Mustapha Farrakhan bring a combination of skills to go with rookie enthusiasm.

The backcourt options are reflective of the whole team where experienced players (Tunji Soroye , Ryan Pettinella,