Today is a big stepping stone in the realization of a dream for Kyle Singler as he officially announces his commitment to Duke. Singler, the No. 4 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, spoke to Rivals.com about his decision to play for the Blue Devils.
"It has been a dream of mine to play for Duke," said Singler, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound small forward from South Medford (Ore.) High School. "I did have feelings for the other great schools that recruited me, but I knew it was time to make a decision."
Once Singler realized that his dream of playing for Duke could become a reality, he only became a bigger fan of the program once he visited the campus.
"I'm really impressed with the whole family atmosphere with the Duke program," he said. "When I was there I felt comfortable, and that was a key thing since I'll be traveling across the country to go there. I really liked the players on the team and that was very important."
Singler also noted how the flexibility of Coach Krzyzewski's will take full advantage of his versatility as a player.
"Coach K said that basically I wouldn't have any set position, and that was exciting to me," he said. "He wants to play to my strengths as a player and not limit what I can do. That flexible approach is really important to me."
Similar to how Josh McRoberts's role has been and will be in flux during his time at Duke, expect Singler to wear different hats for the Blue Devils. He can make plays in the backcourt, on the wing, in the high-post, and down on the blocks. He can be a primary scorer, ball handler or set up guy.
Some have compared Singler to Adam Morrison, while others have even mentioned Larry Bird. Singler certainly looks up to those two players, but he has tried to adapt aspects of all the great players to his game.
"Growing up I watch Larry Bird tapes, and I enjoyed watching Adam play," he said. "I have just tried to take different things from all the great players like Michael Jordan and others to make myself the best player I can be."
Kyle Singler scouting report:
Perhaps the most complete player in the class of 2007 as a true three position player, Singler shoots the three with a feathery touch and can also score off posting up and off the dribble. He also passes and rebounds at a high level. Also a great horizontal athlete, Singler can defend a guard as well as guard a post player.