- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Wizards have selected Florida State forward Chris Singleton with the 18th pick of the first round in Thursday’s NBA draft.

The 6-foot-9 Singleton left the Seminoles after his junior year. He averaged 13.1 points and 6.8 rebounds in 28 games. He missed six games when he fractured his right foot in February.

Known as a defensive specialist, Singleton recorded a triple-double against North Carolina-Greensboro with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals. It was the 24th triple-double in ACC history _ and the first with 10 or more steals.

Singleton’s college coach, Leonard Hamilton, was the Wizards’ head man in the 2000-01 season.

With their first pick _ the sixth overall_ Washington took forward Jan Vesely, a 6-foot-11 forward from the Czech Republic.

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