December 29, 2006

Singletary's status uncertain

Kent State defeated Shawnee State, 70-47, in first round action of the Kent State Classic on Friday at the M.A.C. Center but one name was noticeably absent from the box score.

Due to personal reasons, freshman guard Chris Singletary did not dress and will not play in Saturday night's championship game against New Hampshire.

"Chris and I, we've had a bunch of discussions and we're trying to work through some things with him, some personal things," Kent State head coach Jim Christian said. "Nothing major, nothing regarding his academics, nothing anything else. He's just got some issues right now. Until we get those all resolved we think it's in his best interest that he just not play right now."

Christian didn't specify the nature of the issues but he did say that the coaching staff would be talking regularly with Singletary until things get resolved.

"It's a bunch of things," he said. "There's a lot of pressures on kids when you're 18 years old and dealing with that is not the easiest thing to do. To deal with those things you have to work with people and have to have great communication, which we have and we'll keep doing that.

"In the long run it's always more important for us to have our players develop as total people; basketball is just a small part of that. He's not going to play tomorrow. I'll still talk to him again tonight and we'll keep working on those things."

While Singletary's status for the Golden Flashes next game is known, his return to the team is uncertain.

"When we think that as a basketball program and as a student at our university that playing basketball is in his best interests along with everything else we'll make him play again," Christian said.

Singletary averaged 6.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in nine games this season.

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