After a dominating performance throughout the spring and summer circuit, Kyle Singler, the No. 4 ranked player in the class of 2007, is ready to take the next step forward in his recruitment. The five-star prospect has scheduled two official visits for the month of September, but it's only a matter of time before Singler schedules a third visit, which will take place in October.
"I have two official visits scheduled for September," said Singler. "I am going to Arizona during the second week of September and then my parents and I are going to visit Duke towards the end of September. I am definitely going to take an official visit to Kansas, but I just haven't scheduled that visit yet.
"I believe my visit to Kansas is going to happen during the weekend of "Late Night"," he added. "I don't know if both of my parents will make the trip to Kansas, but one of them will be going on the visit with me. Kansas, Duke and Arizona are the schools that I am going to officially visit. I have already been to Duke and UCLA, so Kansas and Arizona are the schools that I am going to visit (for the first time) before I pick a school."
The best way to describe Singler's play on the hardwood is spectacular. There is little doubt that the 6-foot-8, 210-pound small forward is going to be a star at the collegiate level, and don't be surprised if that carries over to the NBA.
If you're going to build a team around any player from the class of 2007, Singler is the player to start with. Drawing comparisons to such greats as Larry Bird and Dirk Nowitzki, the No. 1 ranked small forward certainly fits the profile of current Dallas Maverick and former Boston Celtic.
Seriously, there isn't anything that Singler can't do or accomplish on the hardwood. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound prospect from South Medford (OR) High School has the skill to bring the ball up the court, and can do so when being pressured. If you're looking for a player that's willing to mix it up down low and fight for rebounds, Singler is the perfect man for the job.
However, there is no question that Singler is most impressive on the offensive end of the court. He has a smooth stroke from the outside and can hit the trifecta on a consistent basis. His low post game is just as impressive. There are times when Singler uses a spin move to beat his man to the basket for a viscous dunk. On other occasions, he uses a nice pump fake, which allows him to get to the hoop for an easy lay-up.
It doesn't matter if Singler is scoring from the outside, pulling up for the midrange jump shot, using a sweet spin move to beat his man baseline, posting up smaller defenders or leading a fast break, he can do it all.
Its long been rumored that Duke is the team to beat for Singler, who averaged 19-points, eight rebounds and three assists per game during his junior campaign. Both of his parents will make the trip to Duke in late September, so it appears that the Blue Devils hold the upper hand at this time.
It wouldn't be much of a shock, if any, should Singler decide to give the nod to Duke after once his September visit is complete. However, he made it perfectly clear that all three official visits will take place before any decision is made.
"Duke is obviously a great school and has a great basketball program," said Singler. "I think that everybody knows how I feel about Duke. I also know that all of the schools that I am considering right now are schools that I am seriously interested in attending.
"Duke is a school that I have always wanted to attend, but if it isn't the right fit for me, I will look at my other options," he added. "I am going to take some official visits and consider all of my options before I decide."
After taking visits to Arizona, Duke and Kansas, Singler and his family will return home to Oregon and put together all the information that they've acquired during each campus visit. Assuming no changes take place and Singler's list of schools remains the same, he and his family will begin to schedule in-home visits with each of the aforementioned programs.
"My family and I have not scheduled any in-home visits yet," said Singler. "That is something we will sit-down and talk about, as a family, after I have completed my official visits. I'm sure that all of the coaches' will come to my house after the official visits are complete, but that's something we have not done just yet."
When talking about the overall landscape of his recruitment, Arizona, Duke, Kansas and UCLA are the schools that Singler specifically mentioned. Washington has been mentioned off and on, it for all intents and purposes, this looks to be a three or four team race.
When the early signing period rolls around, Singler is going to make a very happy man out of Mike Krzyzewski, Lute Olson, Ben Howland or Bill Self. Of all the players in the class of 2007, none are more versatile than Singler.
It doesn't matter if Singler takes his game to Lawrence, Kan., Durham, N.C., Tucson, Ariz., or Las Angeles, Calif.; he is going to be an immediate impact player from the time he steps out of the airport terminal and onto his campus of choice.
Kyle Singler Audible: "Look at how he looked off that bounce pass before he let it go. He is so smart on the court. He does everything the right way. You're looking at a first round pick." - George Raveling