Kyle Singler, forward from the Duke Blue Devils.
If I had to pick a word to describe Singler, it’d be “winner”. If I could go a step further to describe Singler’s playing style, I’d say he plays like a “Coach’s son”.
Singler tries to do all of the things that you want your superstar player to do. He dives on the floor for loose balls, he doesn’t back down from competition, he sticks his nose in where it doesn’t always belong, and he takes charges. He’s your typical Duke Blue Devil. He’s been taught proper fundamentals by Coach K, and he knows how to play as part of a team.
For a team that is now preaching to get back to its roots, picking Singler is a solid start. Singler will not do anything that blows you away, his athleticism will limit his overall effectiveness. He was drafted solely on the fact that he is a winner, and he is a “glue guy”. Singler will have to “go to work” night in and night out, or he’ll be out of the league. He is not able to just get by on talent and he definitely won’t skip a shootaround or participate in buffoonery.
6’8.5 in shoes, 6’10 wingspan, 30″ vertical, 10 percent body fat, 10 reps (at 185, same amount as Knight), and 3.25 second 3/4 court run.
His best statistical year was his freshman year, and each year after that his numbers got worse before improving slightly last year. Singler was a part of the 2010 NCAA Final Four Championship team.
Again, Singler doesn’t do much of anything particularly well. That’s not a knock against him. The stat heads are obviously freaking out about this pick, because Singler does not offer much upside in comparison to the other players that are remaining on the board. Singler is the type of player that helps the players around him by simply doing what he does best, hustling and playing smart basketball.