Kyle Singler Returns, Makes Duke a Top Contender Next Year

Sam TastadCorrespondent IIIApril 20, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 05:  Kyle Singler of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates after he cut down a piece of the net following their 61-59 win against the Butler Bulldogs during the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 5, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Kyle Singler has decided to stay for his senior season with the Duke Blue Devils in 2010-2011.

Singler was the 2010 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, and led Duke to its fourth all-time national championship.

During Singler's three years at Duke, he averaged 15.9 points per game, 6.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.

No game was better than the 2010 National Championship game, though. Singler put on his display of scoring, rebounding, blocking, and defense. He had 19 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and played the full 40 minutes. Plus, he had only two turnovers and one foul.

That's good basketball. After the game, his teammates piled on top of him.

Here's what Singler said on his return to the Duke Blue Devils for his senior season, "I love being here at Duke and am excited about next year.

"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."

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

Duke will certainly be a top contender next season as Singler and fellow guard Nolan Smith return.

Along with these two, the starting five will probably include freshman phenom point guard Kyrie Irving, Seth Curry, and either Miles or Mason Plumlee.

Duke will be loaded next year, and it still has many good players.

Andre Dawkins is back, and newcomers Joshua Hairston and Tyler Thornton also come into the mix. Ryan Kelly also returns, and will look to contribute next season.

It should be a fun and exciting year for this bunch of guys, as this year was. 

Be sure to keep an eye on this team, and look for them to be special once again in 2010-2011.