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UCLA’s David Singleton announces return, but Myles Johnson bids fairwell

Two more UCLA men’s basketball players announced their future plans Thursday.

David Singleton, a former Bishop Montgomery High standout, announced via social media he’d be returning to play for the Bruins for his fifth year of eligibility.

“One more chance at the Big Dance!” read the caption to his announcement video at 10 a.m.

“David has been a great leader for us, and we are excited that he will continue his education and use his extra year of eligibility,” UCLA head coach Mick Cronin said. “David has been a big shot maker through the past four seasons, and his return is a major boost for us. He embodies everything that our program believes in, and personally, I’m just happy that I get to spend another year coaching David.”

Singleton averaged 4.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game this past season and shot a team-leading 45.1 percent from 3-point territory (37-for-82).

Just a couple hours later, center Myles Johnson made his decision public on social media, essentially announcing his retirement. The 6-foot-10 Long Beach native, who came to Westwood after earning his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in May 2021, will not return to play for the Bruins next season.

“My embodiment of being more than just an athlete has led me to this momentous crossroads, and I believe my future goals have become more clear,” Johnson wrote. “Since the pathways of my other passions in engineering and philanthropy have moved to the forefront, I have decided to pursue those endeavors.”

Johnson, who had an internship with IBM, plans to complete his master’s degree while starting a career in the engineering field.

“Myles has been a great addition for our program at UCLA,” Cronin said. “Simply put, he’s one of the best people who I have had the pleasure of coaching. Myles has worked very hard during five years in college. He’s on track to get his graduate degree in electrical engineering from UCLA, and he has tremendous professional opportunities ahead of him. He is a very driven, humble and motivated young man who is destined to make our world a better place. UCLA basketball has become a much better program by having Myles Johnson as part of our family.”

Johnson played in all 35 games for UCLA this past year, including 15 starts. He averaged 3.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game and was one of five players to secure Pac-12 All-Defensive Team honors, along with teammates Jaylen Clark and Jaime Jaquez Jr..

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