Gators' Singleton to play for New York's St. Thomas Aquinas College

By DENNIS BRUNSON dennis@theitem.com
Posted 5/2/18

Lakewood High School's Grant Singleton is taking his game to the Big Apple -- or at least a suburb of New York City.

Singleton, the point guard for the 2-time defending Region VI-4A champion varsity boys basketball team, recently signed to play …

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Gators' Singleton to play for New York's St. Thomas Aquinas College

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Lakewood High School's Grant Singleton is taking his game to the Big Apple -- or at least a suburb of New York City.

Singleton, the point guard for the 2-time defending Region VI-4A champion varsity boys basketball team, recently signed to play with St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y.

St. Thomas Aquinas is located about 15 miles north of New York. It is an NCAA Division II school that is a member of the East Coast Conference.

St. Thomas Aquinas head coach Tobin Anderson came to see Singleton practice in March, and Singleton went to the school for a visit and he liked what what he saw.

"The coach is really confident in me, in the way I play," Singleton said. "I went up there for a visit, and I really liked the campus. I had a good feel for the community, so I decided it was the right move for me."

Singleton chose STAC over Morehead State, a DI school in the Ohio Valley Conference and DII Lincoln Memorial.

"It means a lot to me because this is something I've been wanting to do since I was a kid," Singleton said of the opportunity to play college basketball. "This is an opportunity that's a real blessing, something I've been working toward."

Singleton had a huge senior season, helping the Gators to an 18-10 overall record, a 7-1 region record and the third round of the state playoffs, the deepest run in program history.

Singleton, the son of former Sumter High School great and Wake Forest player Wilbert Singleton, led in scoring at 15.8 points a contest and assists at 4.0. He also grabbed five rebounds a contest and averaged 1.5 steals. He was 74-for-89 from the free throw line, good for 83.2 percent.

Along with being the Region VI player of the year, Singleton was also named to the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association 4A All-State team.

He capped his career by earning most valuable player honors in the 70th North-South All-Star Basketball Game. He scored 17 points in helping the South to an 84-79 victory.

Singleton said Anderson is looking for the same player he saw here up north.

"He told me to continue to do what I do," Singleton said. "He said for me to bring the same skill level and the same work ethic with me. He wants me to bring the energy on both ends of the court."

Lakewood head coach Bryan Brown has nothing but praise for Singleton.

"He's a joy to coach," Brown said. "You can't appreciate enough what he's done to build this program. He's been a leader in this program every year. He's a phenomenal kid."

Singleton said he decided on St. Thomas Aquinas over Morehead State for one reason.

"Since I'm looking at being there for four years, I want to go to a winning program," he said.

STAC was 26-7 last season, won the ECC title and reached the Division II national tournament.

And while Grant will be far from his Sumter home, he won't be far from family. His 22-year-old brother, Bradley, lives in Harlem.

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