Repeat Performance: Kyle Singler of No. 1 Duke is a Preseason All-American

Curtis ClontzCorrespondent IINovember 1, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 05:  Kyle Singler #12 of the Duke Blue Devils attempts a shot 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. Duke won 61-59.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Kyle Singler is arguably the best player in the nation. 

It is extremely rare for the Final Four Most Outstanding Player to return, but that is exactly what Kyle did.  He passed on the fame and riches of the pro game to be a part of something special. He has his eye on the prize and returned for one thing: a repeat.

The drive for five is upon us, but it all centers around Kyle.

The Associated Press released their preseason All-American list, and of course, Duke's best made the team. Additionally, he was the leading vote getter and only repeat name on the list. 

Depth is rare in college ball, but this Duke team has just that. They will have one of the best backcourts in recent memory, and the combination of senior leadership and freshman talent is enough to get everyone excited.

Also making the list was Jimmer Fredette of BYU, Jacob Pullen of Kansas State, JaJuan Johnson of Purdue and Harrison Barnes of UNC.

Duke Nation already knows the last name very well. Barnes teased Duke during his recruiting tenure and ultimately chose UNC, which is looking at Barnes to be the savior of last year's awful UNC team.

Barnes is the first freshman to be named a preseason All-American since the poll was first conducted prior to the 1986-87 season.

Singler received 52 votes, while Barnes received 17.  Both players are going to be key components of the rivalry this season. They both are expected to be dominant, though only time will tell who will be the better player.