Delaney removes name from NBA draft

Virginia Tech's chances to get into the 2011 NCAA tournament took a huge step forward with the decision of Malcolm Delaney to return for his senior season.

Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said Friday night that Delaney would be back and withdraw by Saturday's new NCAA deadline to let the NBA know he would no longer be eligible for the June NBA draft.

Delaney averaged a team-high 20.2 points for the Hokies last season.

The 6-3 guard should be one of the top guards in the ACC along with Duke's Nolan Smith. Delaney had multiple 30-plus point games, including scoring 32 against Georgia Tech in the last regular season game.

Andy Katz is a senior writer for ESPN.com.