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March 6, 2006The general consensus opinion amongst recruiting fans is that Kyle Singler, the versatile and skilled 6-8 forward from South Medford (Ore.) is simply down to Duke and UCLA. But Carolina Blue's Clint Jackson caught up with Ed Singler, Kyle's father, who painted a slightly different picture of his son's recruitment.
The highly coveted junior recently visited Duke for the Blue Devils' victory over Miami in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Duke staff sat Singler right in front of Ken and Jeanne Redick, behind the bench for the ACC game. A game in which J.J. Redick surpassed Johnny Dawkins to become the All time scoring leader in Duke history. So Singler not only got to visit the campus and take in a game in historic Cameron Indoor, but he also got to witness some pretty substancial ACC basketball history.
Was it enough to seal the deal for Duke? Or did UCLA, a school in which he also recently visited, have the edge?
"It is still too early in the process for Kyle to make any decision about college," said Singler.
"At the moment, Kyle's high school team is striving to win a state championship. We've discussed with Kyle and he agrees, that for now, any talk about college needs to be put on the back burner. At least until the high school season is over."
"Once the season is over, Kyle and the family will figure out how he wants to proceed with the recruiting process."
As for the main differences between what Singler saw at Duke and what he saw at UCLA....
"He simply said, you can't compare the two. They're both great schools and both have great basketball programs and coaches. But they are different. The message, as a family, we try and reinforce to Kyle is that in the end, no matter what decision he makes, he can't make a wrong choice, said Singler.
"Every school that is on Kyle's list are all wonderful institutions," he continued.
According to dad, the general opinion of Singler being basically down to two schools is off base. When prompted for a current, up to date school list -- they read as follows, in no particular order: Duke. UNC. Kansas. Arizona. UCLA. Washington.
And there's there's the issue of playing with his buddy Kevin Love, also from Oregon.
"From our perspective,," he said, "Kyle and Kevin are not a package deal. If it works out, then that would be great as we think the world of Kevin Love. He is an unbelievable talent and the two boys have a great relationship."
UCLA, Duke and North Carolina are the only three schools that would make the package deal a possibility.
The focus of the conversation then turned to North Carolina and how active that they've been in recruitiing the star forward.
"UNC has shown as much interest in Kyle, over the past two years, as any of the other schools on his list. They have expressed to Kyle and our family clearly, that they would love to have Kyle as part of their program. Coach Williams was in attendance at the highly recognized Les Schwab tournament held in Portland this year. That was an event in which Kyle and Kevin were playing," he said.
"The UNC coaches have also been in attendance at a few of Kyle's regular season games this year. So to answer your question, UNC is very active in the recruitment. (The UNC staff) has done a wonderful job in dealing with our family with a great deal of respect. Coach Williams and his staff are great people."