After being down 13-0 in the first quarter of their Region Final game, Humble Kingwood (Texas) High School (34-4) came back for a 54-49 win, largely behind the 18 point, 15 rebound effort of sophomore Mike Singletary. A 6-foot-5, 210-pound wing player, Singletary has a top three school list. The two western schools on his list have been watching him closely this year, but Singletary has an eastern school as his favorite.
"My top three schools are North Carolina, Texas and Arizona," said Singletary, who is the No.15 ranked player in the class of 2007. "My leader is North Carolina. Texas and Arizona have been to a lot of games, but I don't think Carolina came to any this year."
Singletary's favoring of North Carolina is not a recent development either.
"I've grown up a Carolina fan," he said. "Ever since I was little it has been my dream to play for them. I like the way they play. I like how they get up and down the floor and move the ball around."
Athletic and very well built for a sophomore, Singletary was a standout for the powerful Houston Hoops 15-under team last summer. He has a solid skill set as well but is focused on improving his skills with the ball.
"I just need to continue to work on my ball handling and my shooting," he said. "Also, I need to get stronger of course."
Kingwood is scheduled to play Dallas Carter High School tomorrow in the semifinals of the Texas 5A State Championship. Playing alongside Arizona bound Nic Wise, Singletary, who is averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds per game, is not ready to celebrate yet.
"It's exciting to make it to the Final Four, but right now I'm concentrating on finishing the last two games out and winning state."