Predraft Workout: Kyle Singler
By caseyholdahl Posted in: 2011draft
There's not much mystery when it comes to Kyle Singler. After four years at South Medford High School followed by four years at Duke, there's not much people around these parts, especially those who follow basketball as closely as the Trail Blazers' scouting staff, don't know about the 6-8 forward.
In Singler's case, that's a good thing. While many players are drafted based off what they may become only to never realize that potential, Singler is the kind of player who is going to be drafted because teams know exactly what they'll get, a savvy, hard working forward who knows an willingly accepts his role.
"I think you could put (Singler) on any team in this league, tell him whatever role you want him to fill and he's going to be great at it," said Chad Buchanan, Portland's acting general manager. "Some teams may need more from him than others depending on where he gets picked. If he gets picked by a really good team they may ask for a more defined role for him, which I think he'd be great at."
Singler, whose South Medford Panthers bested Kevin Love's Lake Oswego Lakers in the 2007 OSAA 6A State Championship after losing to Love's Lakers in the 2006 championship, wouldn't mind an opportunity to fill a role with the Trail Blazers, if for no other reason than it would be nice to be near his family after spending the last four years on the other side of the country.
"The possibility of me coming here would be great," said Singler. "I'm closer to my family, they can come watch me play, so it would be a pretty neat thing if I end up in Portland."
While he may not possess the raw athleticism of some of his draft contemporaries, being a known quantity in a league that often seems to be guessing makes any deficiency in his game much easier for NBA scouts to stomach.
"I think the athleticism will be probably his major hurdle to overcome," said Buchanan. "But his intangibles, his toughness, he plays winning basketball, that can overcome some of your athletic traits that maybe you're missing."
"I don't fall into the category of jumping high, running fast, but I do consider myself a fairly good athlete," said Singler. "I think it's more just my competitive spirit. I think that makes up for a lot of stuff about (athleticism). If that's my knock, i don't really mind it."
Whichever team selects Singler probably won't mind it either. Most mock drafts have Singler being selected late in the first round, so he'll likely end up on a team looking for a role player rather than a savior. That suits the skills he does have just fine.
"His strength is his basketball IQ," said Buchanan. "He's tough, he's won at every level and he's going to figure out from the coach, from the team, how he's fits in. He's going to be a great role player in our league. I think he's ready to step in and help somebody."
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