A Comfortable Visit For Kyle Singler

After sitting in home with the Patterson family early last week, the Duke coaching staff headed to the Pacific Northwest to sit down with Medford, Oregon's Kyle Singler before the nation's best small forward visited Arizona over the weekend.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistant Steve Wojciechowski made the cross country trek, and spent just over four hours speaking with the family about the opportunities for the 6-foot-9 Singler should he choose to attend Duke.

"They talked a great deal about a lot of topics," said Kyle's father, Ed in a Monday telephone interview. "They talked about their vision for him as a basketball player, but they also made sure he understood that coming to Duke isn't only about being a great player."

"Kids who go to Duke have a chance to be tested by the best academics and it's also a very socially diverse place, so they can grow in that way as well. Everyone knows about Duke basketball, and it's important for these players to grow into well rounded young men. It was a really comfortable experience and having Coach K in our home was a real honor."

After tabbing Kyle as one of, if not the, top target in the entire 2007 class nearly 18 months ago, the Blue Devils have long been considered a major player in his recruitment. As recently as last week Scout.com's Dave Telep was quoted in a Triangle area newspaper as believing Duke could be the team to beat in this recruiting race.

However, before any commitment is made there are several steps left for Singler to make. The first of those is to complete the in-home visits, which will begin with Kansas' staff making the trip this week, and concluding with Arizona's next week. In between those visits, there's the official to Duke over the coming weekend.

"All three of us, my wife, myself, and Kyle will be making the trip to Duke," said the elder Singler. "I went with Kyle to Arizona last weekend, and his mom will go on the Kansas visit. While we were in Tucson we had a chance to meet the coaches and players. It was a very good visit, and Arizona is a very good program."

Despite those plans, some recruiting insiders believe a commitment could be coaxed out of the Singler camp during this weekend's trip to Durham.

"That is certainly possible, but this process has a lot of information he has to soak up, and he's not in a rush to do anything at this point."

Singler is rated as a five star prospect and the #1 small forward in the country by Scout.com.

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