12 - Kyle Singler

6-9, 228 Small Forward
duke.gif Duke Senior
05/04/88 (31.5 yrs)
Medford, OR
High School
South Medford
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NBA Ready
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NBA Comparison: Kiki Vandeweghe

Strengths: An experienced champion and winner at the college level, Singler has as impressive a resume’ as any prospect in this class … A 4-year starter who was an impact player at Duke as soon as he put on the uniform … At 6’9 and the 228 lb frame he has worked hard on, he has good size for the SF spot he’ll likely occupy for year to come at the NBA level … Very unselfish player who acceted and understood his role at Duke and played it beautifully … Has an effective jump shot with soft touch and the height and release to get it off easily … Is effective off screens and in transition with his shot … High IQ player, who is good at finding openings and usually makes smart decisions when he has the ball … Displays adequate passing and ball-handling skills … Highly competitive, and plays with good intensity and energy … Not a bad rebounder on the wing …

Weaknesses: Singler could struggle with his below average athleticism at the next level … Will struggle on D, and will have to do little things like take charges and hustle hard to not be a complete non-factor on that end … Is pretty stiff laterally, and can be blown by off the bounce, even by players with middling athleticism … Scouts waited 4 years for Singler to emerge into an elite shooter, but he never did and was largely just decent … Struggled particularly badly with his shot as a Sr. (32% from 3-point range) … Misses too many open shots to be considered a pure shooter, and is prone to long stretches of inefficient shooting … Wasn’t overly effective as a slasher at Duke and struggled badly finishing around the rim, so that problem will be compounded against NBA defenders … For someone with his experience and IQ, putting up more assists than turnovers in 3 of his 4 years in college is a concern … Plays below the rim … Singler tunred 23 on May 4th further limiting his upside as he’s a year older than the average senior …

Overall: Singler has the winning resume’ and the size to garner first round consideration … He is a well-known commodity and teams probably were higher on him during last years draft … Still, his disappointing Sr. season (especially as a shooter), his lack of athleticism and his probable struggles on D raised some doubt on where he is going to be picked and how effective he’ll be at the next level … It’s safe to say, he probably would’ve been much better off declaring last year …

Jorrye Nixon 6/10/11

Strengths: Singler needs little room to get off a shot with his high release point in a 6’9 body … When he’s not spotting up, he shows offensive versatility in that he can hit a number of different types of shots in different ways … Reliable mid-range game with ability to shoot off dribble, although prefers to catch and shoot…  High basketball IQ, high awareness of what’s going on around him which helps him defensively off the ball, as well as with the ball in his hands in regards to finding teammates cutting to the hoop… Sees court well for 6’9 forward … Fiery and competitive kid who just has a great overall feel for the game … Seems to always be in the right place at the right time, which helps contribute to his 7 boards a game … Finishes strong on the break and runs the floor effectively … Works well out of the triple threat position, using headfakes and jab steps to create space… Moves well without the ball … His competitive nature helps make up for his lack of quickness and below average lateral movement on the defensive end … Singler has the ability to knock down 3s with a smooth, fluent release, which coud make or break him when it comes to being relevant at the next level …

Weaknesses: Singler lacks the quickness, explosiveness and strength it would take to have the same standout role in the pros as he does in college … He defines the term "tweener"… Not quick enough to guard the 3, not strong or long enough to guard bigger 4s … needs to improve his handle, which would help him create easier shots for himself and others … Struggles using his body down low to box out and go up strong with rebounds underneath the hoop … Lacks lateral quickness to keep up with quicker forwards on the perimeter … only be able to play the 4 as a stretch guarding other stretch 4s… erratic shooting the ball throughout his junior year …

Overall: He has been one of the biggest reasons for success for the Duke basketball program the past three seasons… He can do a little bit of everything offensively: shoot, pass, rebound, just not one thing good enough that makes him stand out in a GMs eyes when you consider his physical and athletic limitations … He’s much better off playing the 3 at the next level, but will have to show he can stay in front of his opponent … Regardless, his skill level and IQ are high enough that a good team should snag him in the mid first round, which would be better for his development as opposed to being drafted by a team that lacks established playmakers and scorers …

Jon Wasserman 7/16/10

Strengths: The thing that stands out most about Singler is his great feel for the game Hes a versatile forward with an inside/outside game ala Dirk Nowitzki, only hes 5 inches shorter He has a natural ability to play the game, making the right play and elevating his teammates with great vision and passing ability Always seems a step ahead with his great anticipation Has an excellent shot with range out to three point Very fluid, with good length Has a bag of tricks offensively with the ability to score on the break as well as in the half court set His shot off the dribble and offensive moves around the basket are polished Competitive kid, doesnt back down, terrific attitude

Weaknesses: Singler’s athletic ability is good, but not off the charts. Hes able to hang with elite level athletes using his head and high skill level Needs to get stronger physically, but hes not too far away and shouldnt have long term issues with strength His foot speed both laterally and first step off the dribble are below average, which means that he will likely never be more than an average defender and his ability to create shots for himself could suffer as defenders will play him for the jump shot Must improve his ability to create off the dribble …

Notes: Has received comparisons to both Larry Bird and Dirk Nowitzki Has a great deal of potential as a pro and will look to follow in the footsteps of past wing forwards Grant Hill, Shane Battier and Mike Dunleavy at Duke

Aran Smith – 9/6/2007

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1 Comment

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