Report: Duke's Kyle Singler Will Return For Senior Season

Brad FrankCorrespondent IApril 19, 2010 confirmed Monday that junior forward Kyle Singler will return for his senior season.

Citing multiple sources, senior basketball writer Jeff Goodman initially reported earlier Monday about Singler's intention to return to school.

However, his report said Singler was expected to announce his decision within the next 24 hours.

Singler announced his decision Monday.

"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 was part of Duke's "Big Three" that led the Blue Devils to their fourth championship in school history in 2010.

He was named the Most Outstanding Player for the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Now with four national championships, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski ranks tied for second all-time with Adolph Rupp, behind John Wooden and his 10 championships at UCLA.

The veteran coach entering his 31st season discussed Singler's return.

"I am looking forward to coaching Kyle in his senior year and seeing him develop more as a player and as a leader," said Krzyzewski.

The 6'8" Singler was projected to be a late-first to early-second round draft had he declared for the 2010 NBA Draft.

Instead, Singler will return to Duke next season alongside guard Nolan Smith to lead the defending champion Blue Devils.

Singler averaged 17.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and shot just under 40 percent from the three-point line in the 2009-10 regular season.

The Medford, Oregon, native was named the ACC Preseason Player of the Year and first-team All-ACC alongside teammate Jon Scheyer for the 2009-10 season.