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Singler ready for final visit

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Kyle Singler traveled to Durham, N.C., last weekend in order to spend a little time with Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils. Shortly after his visit, rumors started to circulate about a possible silent commitment, but Singler, the No. 4 ranked player in the class of 2007, recently spoke to Rivals.com and set the record straight.
"My official visit to Duke went good. My parents went with me and they loved it, too," said Singler. "Everything we did and saw during the visit was great. I'd been to Duke in the past for an unofficial visit, but things were different this time. I was more involved with the players and members of the coaching staff.
"I was able to spend more time with the players and coaches this time," he added. "My parents and I met with some academic advisors, which was a nice experience for all of us. We also ate lunch and dinner with Coach Krzyzewski. The entire trip was great and my parents and I had fun."
Prior to taking his official visit to Duke, the No. 1 ranked small forward took an official visit to Arizona a week earlier. Several members of the coaching staff made the trip to Medford, Ore., on Monday night to conduct an in-home visit with Singler and his family.
"I took an official visit to Arizona two weeks ago," said Singler. "My dad went with me and the whole visit was great. Coach Lute Olson, Coach Josh Pastner and Coach Miles Simon came to my house on Monday for an in-home visit. They stayed for a couple of hours and we had a nice conversation."
Shortly after Singler's visit to Duke was complete, reports began to surface that the 6-foot-8, 210-pound small forward had given a silent commitment to the Blue Devils. According to the five-star prospects, those reports are absolutely false.
Additionally, Singler is wide-open at this time and has his heart set on giving Kansas, Duke and Arizona equal opportunities. Its been believed for a long period of time that the Blue Devils were the overwhelming team to beat for Singler, but that no longer appears to be the case.
"I am going to Kansas on October 13 for my final official visit. I am definitely going to visit Kansas before I make my final decision," said Singler. I am excited about spending time with Coach Bill Self, the other coaches and players. Once I return home from my final visit, I plan to let everything sink in, and will then make a decision a week or so after that. I am really excited about meeting the people, players and coaches at Kansas. I would like to spend a little time with some academic advisors and get a close look at the atmosphere in Lawrence.
"I know that I will be attending the NBA exhibition game between the Chicago Bulls and Seattle SuperSonics," he added. "I am also looking forward to being at Kansas for Late Night. I'm going into each visit with a clear mind and without any leaders or favorites."
Singler, the top ranked player in the state of Oregon, made it perfectly clear that he is wide-open at this time. He doesn't have any favorites or leaders, but is giving each of the three finalists a serious look.
"When I took my visit to Duke, I didn't arrive on campus with the mindset that they were my leader," he said. "I'm going to give each school a serious look and then make the best decision possible. I just need to let everything sink-in after my visit to Kansas, which will allow me to make the best decision.
"I haven't made up my mind about any school," he added. "My official visit to Kansas will be the last visit I take. I will decide between Kansas, Duke and Arizona."
Dennis Murphy, head basketball coach at South Medford High School, knows that his star player has a difficult decision to make. However, he feels that Singler is taking the necessary steps, which will allow him to make an informed decision.
"When you talk about Kansas, Arizona, Duke, UCLA, North Carolina and Kentucky, you're talking about the best programs in college basketball," said Murphy. "Historically, those programs have been successful for a very long time. When talking about those schools, you're talking about the best programs.
"Kyle has visited Arizona and Duke," he added. "When he arrives back home from his visit to Kansas, he will be able to compare apples-to-apples. There is no question that Kansas is a great place, but how does it compare to Arizona and Duke? Kyle will be able to answer that question in a couple of weeks."
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." - Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com
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