Kyle Singler returning makes Duke team to beat in ’11



With star forward Kyle Singler now officially back for Duke next season, either the Blue Devils or the Michigan State Spartans will be the consensus #1 entering next season. To read the case for MSU go here.

The biggest case of Duke? Read below:

DURHAM, N.C. – Junior Kyle Singler announced on Monday his decision to remain at Duke University for his senior season in 2010-11. Singler, the 2010 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, has averaged 15.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game during his first three seasons as a Blue Devil.

“I love being here at Duke and am excited about next year,” said Singler. “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.”

Singler, a two-time AP honorable mention All-America, averaged 17.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game as a junior while leading Duke to a 35-5 record and the school’s fourth NCAA Championship. He had 17 games with 20 or more points this past season while posting seven double-doubles. Singler, a first team All-ACC selection, became one of 18 players in school history to score over 700 points in a single season, finishing with 707 points in 2010. “I am looking forward to coaching Kyle in his senior year and seeing him develop more as a player and as a leader,” said head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Entering his final season, Singler ranks 18th on Duke’s career scoring list with 1,767 points. His 1,767 points rank as the third most by a junior in school history. He is also 11th on the career three-point field goals chart with 205, 18th with 762 rebounds and 15th with 95 blocked shots. Singler has scored in double-figures 95 times with 32 games with 20 or more points scored. He also has 20 career double-doubles to his credit.

Singler, a three-time All-ACC selection and the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2008, has helped Duke to a 93-18 (.838) record over the last three seasons. He has been a member of back-to-back ACC Tournament Championship teams in 2009 and 2010, making the ACC All-Tournament team both years and earning ACC Tournament MVP honors this year. Singler has started 110 of his 111 career games, including 68 straight contests entering his senior campaign.

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