Fresh off the 2010 National Championship, Duke got more good news Monday when forward Kyle Singler announced his decision to return to the Blue Devils for his senior season in 2010-2011. While some had speculated Singler would forgo his final season to head for the NBA, I always saw Singler as the Shane Battier type. Dedicated to the Duke program, Coach K and his education.
While Singler’s decision to stay clearly makes Duke better, it’s unclear right now how the Blue Devils will play next season. With Brian Zoubek and Lance Thomas gone, the Blue Devils will likely play a smaller lineup. This could push Singler to the four spot more often and force him to guard bigger people on the defensive end. That being said, those bigger people are going to have their hands full trying to guard Singler on the perimeter.
Here’s a story on Singler’s return.
Kyle Singler, voted the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, announced Monday that he will return to national champion Duke for his senior season.
Singler scored 19 points as Duke beat Butler 61-59 to win its fourth national championship and finish 35-5. He averaged 17.7 points, seven rebounds and 2.4 assists in his junior season, and had 17 games with 20 or more points while posting seven double-doubles.
“I love being here at Duke and am excited about next year,” Singler said in a statement released by the university. “I had two great options in front of me, but I did not want to miss out on all of the great things to come in a senior season.”