Three Virginia Men's Basketball Players Earn Recognition
March 18, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Three members of the University of Virginia 2004-05 men’s basketball team earned recognition recently for their play during the season.
Sophomore guard J.R. Reynolds (Roanoke, Va.) was a second-team selection to the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Tournament Team, freshman point guard Sean Singletary (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished second in the balloting for ACC Rookie of the Year and was a second-team All-State selection by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and senior forward Devin Smith (New Castle, Del.) was a first-team selection to the Richmond Times-Dispatch All-State Team.
Reynolds scored 43 points in Virginia’s two games in the ACC Tournament, including a career-high 32 points in the Cavaliers’ 66-65 victory over Miami in the first round. The 32 points tied for the third most points scored by a Virginia player in an ACC Tournament game. Reynolds added 11 points in UVa’s 76-64 loss to Duke in the tournament quarterfinals. He is the first Virginia player named to the ACC All-Tournament Team since Junior Burrough was a first-team selection in 1995. For the season, Reynolds averaged 10.7 points and 2.5 rebounds a game, and shot a team-leading 82.1 percent (64-78) from the free throw line. He also led the team in minutes played with an average of 32.3 a game.
Singletary finished second to North Carolina’s Marvin Williams in the balloting for ACC men’s basketball Rookie of the Year. He was selected to the All-ACC Freshmen Team and ranked first among ACC freshmen in assists and steals, and second in minutes played and scoring during the regular season. He was the only Virginia player to start every game during the season and he averaged 10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists a game. Singletary was named ACC Rookie of the Week five times during the season. He was also selected to the CollegeInsider.com Freshmen All-America Team and was a second-team selection to the Rivals.com Freshmen All-America Team. He led the UVa team in assists and steals (48, 1.7 spg.).
Smith led Virginia in scoring with an average of 16.5 points a game and in blocked shots (21), and was second on the team in rebounding (6.1 rpg.). He ranked fifth in the ACC in scoring at the end of the regular season. He also led the team in three-point field goals with 63 and finished his career ranked fourth on UVa’s career three-point field goals made list with 161. Smith scored a career-high 40 points at Iowa State on December 6 and scored over 20 points in 10 games during the season.