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UCLA men’s basketball player David Singleton to stay for fifth year as Myles Johnson leaves Bruins

LOS ANGELES — UCLA goaltender David Singleton returns for a fifth year with the Bruins, while center Myles Johnson leaves the team to complete his graduate degree in electrical engineering.

Both players announced their plans on social media on Thursday.

Singleton enjoys an extra year of eligibility, which the NCAA has granted to athletes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The opportunity to have one more chance to play for this great institution, to represent the four letters, to make history, is an opportunity that I simply cannot pass up.” he writes. “It’s one more chance at the Big Dance. We’ll see you in Pauley next season.”

Singleton averaged 4.8 points and 1.5 rebounds playing in 33 games. He led the Bruins in 3-point shooting on 45 percent and frequently provided an emotional spark off the bench.

“David has been a great shooter for the past four seasons and his return is a major boost for us,” coach Mick Cronin said.

Johnson decided not to use a fifth season of eligibility and will instead focus on completing the second year of his master’s program. He averaged 3.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while playing in all 35 games, including 15 starts, as a senior redshirt last season.

He transferred to UCLA last year after earning an undergraduate degree at Rutgers.

“Since the avenues of my other passions in engineering and philanthropy have come to the fore, I have decided to pursue these endeavors,” Johnson wrote. “They are just as significant in my life.”

Guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. has already announced he will return next season, and guard Tyger Campbell is also expected to return.

The Bruins have three highly touted rookies arriving this fall: guards Dylan Andrews and Amari Bailey and forward Adem Bona.

Guards Johnny Juzang and Peyton Watson declared themselves for the NBA draft and hired agents. Guard Jules Bernard also declared for the draft, but did not hire an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to Westwood. Guard Jake Kyman is transferred.

UCLA does not expect center Cody Riley to return for a sixth season. The Kansas City, Kansas, redshirt senior averaged 7.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in starting 20 of 26 games he appeared in last season.

Riley was suspended his first season after being arrested for shoplifting during a team trip to China, along with LiAngelo Ball and Jalen Hill. Riley had his best season as a junior, when he averaged 10 points and started all 31 games in the Bruins’ run to the Final Four.