Blazers try out Oregon native Kyle Singler

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PORTLAND, ORE. (AP) - Kyle Singler, the Oregon native who helped Duke to a national title in 2010, worked out for the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday in advance of next week’s NBA draft.

Singler said the Blazers are the 10th team he’s worked out for, with two more to go. The 6-foot-8 forward is expected by many to go late in the first round of next Thursday’s draft.

“I just want to show them that I’m a competitor, I’m a winner,” he said.

Singler played for South Medford High School before going off to Duke. He and Kevin Love, a star at Lake Oswego High School before playing for UCLA and the Minnesota Timberwolves, are among the most talented prep players to come out of Oregon.

As a result, Singler was met by a swarm of local reporters and television crews at his workout Thursday at the Blazers’ Tualatin practice facility.

Singler said that when he hasn’t been visiting teams, he’s been training for the draft in Los Angeles, working on extending his range.

“I think today I shot the ball pretty well,” he said.

He said he hasn’t yet spoken to Love about the draft and what to expect.

“I’m sure eventually we’ll get around to it,” he said. “Kevin’s a great resource.”

Singler averaged 16.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2 assists per game during his four years under Mike Krzyzewski with the Blue Devils. He set school records with 147 starts and 4,887 minutes.

Singler averaged 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3.5 assists over the course of Duke’s postseason march to the national championship in 2010. He was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player.

He surprised many when he stayed at Duke for his senior year.

Blazers coach Nate McMillan sees Singler playing primarily at the three spot.

“He’s been winning since high school and all the way through college,” McMillan said. “He’s going to be a solid player.”

The Blazers have the 21st and 51st picks in the upcoming draft.

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