SIngler & Smith On Wooden Watch List

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke seniors Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith were among the 50 players named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top-50 on Monday.

Duke is one of five schools with two players among the top-50 candidates named. Singler and Smith are the team leaders and have been named team captains for the 2010-11 season. The two players are returning starters on a team that claimed the 2009-10 NCAA National Championship with a 61-59 victory over Butler.

Singler has started in 110 of 111 career games and is averaging 15.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He is 233 points away from becoming the 11th player in school history with 2,000 career points. He will be looking to join Art Heyman and Christian Laettner as the only players at Duke to top 600 points in three straight seasons.

Smith enjoyed a breakout junior season that saw him average 17.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He raised his career average to 10.8 points per game. He has played in 106 career games with 60 starts.

The 35th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, a special tribute to Coach Wooden and Wooden Award founder Duke Llewellyn, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 8-10, 2011.

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