The Portland Legends won the talented-packed Kingwood Classic and the Rose City program rode the play of super sophomore Kyle Singler to the championship crown. The 6-foot-8, 200-pound small forward from South Medford (Ore.) High School was dominant in the championship game. The five-star class of 2007 prospect broke down his favorite schools and talked about his plans on the football field, too.
In the championship game, Singler scored on the first three possessions of the game and finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 blocked shot against the SYF Players from Indiana.
There was little that Singler didn't do over the weekend. He showed that he's on one of the most versatile players in the country. That's why several high-majors are recruiting him hard early on.
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Arizona and Kansas both stopped by to see him play last week at his school, Singler said. The No. 4 ranked player in the class of 2007 said Oregon, Arizona, Kansas and Duke are recruiting him the hardest right now. Of course a lot can change over the next two years but for now, that quartet all share many of the same positives, he says.
"I really like all of their programs. They are all pretty much equal," Singler said. "I like how at all of those schools, the fans are real supportive and they really like basketball at all of those schools. I love their coaches and they way they make all of their players better. All of those schools offer that."
All four schools were seen at various Portland Legends games throughout the weekend.
Singler played tight end and wide receiver last season and he said he's going to try his hand at quarterback next year in his junior campaign.
"It's one of the my first loves in sports," Singler said. "If I can't play in college, I'll be alright because I know I'll have basketball."
Two-sport quarterbacks seem to be cut from the same mold. Mike Vick played a little hoop in his day. Allen Iverson was a stud signal caller before playing hoops full time. Ronald Curry was a two-sport All-American before going to Chapel Hill. In 2004, Cornelius Ingram was a Rivals100 football star. Is Singler ready to placed in that same group of two-sport quarterbacks?
"No way. I'm not that athletic," Singler said. "I'm more of a stay in the pocket, look down the field kind of quarterback."
Oregon and Oregon State are both starting to show interest in Singler for football. For now, though, it's basketball that's on his mind. And for good reason. His championship run at the Kingwood will certainly turn his recruitment up a notch.