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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Kyle Singler can score from just about anywhere at Cameron Indoor Stadium. That apparently includes the bench, the stands and the broadcast booth.
A video making the rounds online this week shows the Duke star knocking down an assortment of trick shots from several locations throughout the empty arena.
The shots are legitimate, the preseason All-American insisted. No need for camera tricks or editing magic.
“They’re all made,” he said.
Shooting the video “only took a couple hours,” Singler said, and he estimated that it took between 20 and 30 tries to hit each shot.
He said the viral success of this video _ titled “Kyle Gets Buckets” and produced by the school _ has led him to consider shooting an encore. When he was in high school back in Oregon, a video of him sinking a trick shot made its way to YouTube.
“It got circulated, but it didn’t get as big as this one,” Singler said.
Making big shots _ the conventional kind, anyway _ has seemed to come naturally for Singler through the years. The Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four averaged 17.7 points as a junior to lead the Blue Devils to their fourth national championship, then opted to return for his senior season at Duke.
Singler did not have a good shooting night Tuesday in Duke’s 79-45 win against Miami of Ohio. He finished with eight point on 3-of-11 shooting from the field.
But if the NBA doesn’t work out next year, he apparently would fit right in with the Harlem Globetrotters, because this 2-minute video serves as quite the audition tape.
Among the more impressive feats:
_ A sideways, over-the-shoulder swish from behind the corner while pedaling an exercise bike at the team’s practice gym.
_ A two-handed heave from the third row of an upstairs section, the same seat occupied during games by coach Mike Krzyzewski’s wife, Mickie. The “Mrs. K Shot,” he joked, is worth seven points _ one for each of her grandchildren.
_ Another two-handed swish from Mike Krzyzewski’s spot on the bench _ the third seat from the left. Dubbed the “Coach K Shot,” he joked that it’s worth 31 points because this is Krzyzewski’s 31st season at Duke.
For the finale, Singler climbed into the cramped broadcast booth that hangs from the ceiling for the “Dick Vitale Shot.” His two-handed shot bounced once off the floor, kissed the glass and fell through the rim.
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