Hopkins Soph Marvin Singleton Gets Interest

Marvin Singleton, a 6-foot-4 sophomore from Hopkins, helped lead the Royals to a perfect record (31-0) and a Class AAAA title Saturday with a 69-59 win over Osseo in the championship game. He is one of the top players in the Class of 2011 and has attracted plenty of interest, despite coming off the bench for the past two seasons. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Singleton to learn the latest.

Marvin Singleton averaged 8.5 points per game as he scored in double figures 11 times, with a season-best 18 points versus Benilde-St. Margaret's.

Singleton averaged 7.8 points per game as a freshman for the Royals, who finished 27-2, losing to eventual state champions and crosstown rival Minnetonka in the section finals. The two split games in the regular season. Singleton scored in double figures nine times, with a season-best 17 points versus Park of Cottage Grove.

Hopkins, which also won the 2005 and 2006 titles, had a starting lineup dominated by Division I-caliber players and Royce White, who signed with Minnesota, Trent Lockett, who is headed to Arizona State, Mike Broghammer, who inked with Notre Dame and Raymond Cowels, who is signed to Santa Clara. Point guard Marcus Williams is getting looks for both football and basketball, but is likely going to play basketball in college.

Due to the team's depth and senior leadership, Singleton came off the bench. However, he will likely move into the starting lineup on a team that still has plenty of talent. Junior D.J. Peterson has offers from North Dakota State, Baylor and Wisconsin Green Bay; Joe Coleman, younger brother of former Gopher Dan and freshman point guard Siyani Chambers also return.

Singleton said that he is hearing from several Midwest programs.

"Kentucky, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Iowa State and UNI (Northern Iowa)," he said.

Singleton admits that he and his returning teammates have already thought about next year when they will be asked to carry the load.

"Yes. We are already expecting it with so many seniors graduating," he said.

Singleton and the younger players got plenty of chances to play together since Hopkins won by an average of over 25 points per game. He feels that this group gained plenty of experience by playing together.

"It adds a lot. We already have good chemistry and know what everyone else can do," he said.

Singleton has been working hard to improve his all-around game.

"I'm working on my outside shooting and ballhandling," he said.

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