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Singler making most of playing time

South Medford legend gets plenty of attention in the Motor City on, off court
Dec. 6, 2012

Kyle Singler keeps making the most of his opportunities.

Despite being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2010 NCAA Final Four while leading the Duke Blue Devils to the men's basketball title, his draft stock was always shaky and after being taken in the second round of that year's draft by Detroit, he spent the following year in Europe while the NBA Lockout took place.

Back in the U.S., Singler found his way into the Pistons' starting lineup on Nov. 14, when starting guard Rodney Stuckey came down with a head cold and the team shuffled its lineup. Since then, Singler has averaged nearly 10 points per game and had a double-double against the Blazers last week during a 108-101 win for Detroit, and Stuckey has had to come off the bench - and even done so happily.

Since losing their first eight games, the Pistons are 5-5.

Singler, who led South Medford to the Class 6A state title in 2007, has become a favorite for fans off the court as well, producing a video of trick shots from around the Detroit area, including Comerica Park - home of the Tigers, and Ford Field - home of the Lions. In one shot he even makes a trick shot of the winshield of a passing car.

"The car one took me a bit, took me a while," Singler told a Detroit writer. "It's all luck, but there's definitely a little skill involved."

Taka a look.

 

Singler gets ready to join NBA's Pistons

Former South Medford, Duke star spent last season in Spain
July 2, 2012

After a year of being just a regular college graduate living in a foreign culture, Kyle Singler appears ready to join the NBA and be a high-profile pro athlete.

Not that he wasn't a star athlete the past year, he was just out of the limelight of the American media machine playing in Spain; playing basketball, not soccer.

Singler skipped the shortened NBA season and played most of the season for Real Madrid in the Spanish Basketball Association rather than join the Detroit Pistons, who selected him with the third pick in the second round of last year's draft.

Singler, who led South Medford to a state title and Duke to a national title, said earlier this year that he looked at his situation ahead of the Pistons and chose to stay in Europe rather than return to the U.S.

“I knew they were upset, a little disappointed. The bottom line was that I was a little selfish, I wanted the best for myself, I wanted to be happy,” Singler told The Associated Press from Madrid’s training facilities on the outskirts of the Spanish capital in February.

“It was difficult but, at the end of the day, if I never play in the NBA, would I be disappointed? Sure, but I’m happy I made the decision I made.”

The 23-year-old said the opportunity to play abroad and experience a foreign culture was too good to pass up.

“The opportunity to play a lot more was here, but the bottom line was I was happy and felt no pressure to leave and go back to the NBA,” said Singler, who was chosen the most valuable player after leading Duke to the 2010 NCAA championship. “Deep down, I knew it was the best decision for me to stay. I’ll have another chance to play in the NBA, there was no real rush.”

Singler first joined Spanish club Lucentum Alicante for the duration of the lockout, and moved to Madrid on a one-year deal rather than go to Detroit after the new CBA was signed.

In 24 Spanish League games, Singler averaged 7.8 points and 2.2 rebounds, and helped the team reach the league final, where they lost 73-69 to FC  Barcelona in the fifth game of the best-of-five series. Singler had 10 points and 4 rebounds while playing 27 of the game's 32 minutes.

He helped Real Madrid win the Spanish Cup.

 

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