March 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Oregon Ducks forward E.J. Singler (25, right) and forward Arsalan Kazemi (14) celebrate after the championship game of the Pac 12 tournament against the UCLA Bruins at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Oregon defeated UCLA 78-69. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Blazers Work Out Oregon Star, E.J. Singler


The Portland Trail Blazers worked out University of Oregon star forward, E.J. Singler this morning. Singler, 23, averaged 11.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, earning All Pac-12 First Team honors in his senior season with the Ducks. He is not a first round pick, much less a top 10 prospect, but the Blazers have three second round selections to play with. Perhaps they are looking local.

Singler grew up in Medford, Oregon, as did his older brother Kyle, who plays small forward as well for the Detroit Pistons. The most recent U of O athlete to achieve NBA success is Aaron Brooks of the Houston Rockets. The Trail Blazers have never drafted a player from the University of Oregon. Singler could be the very first.

His role would be to replace Luke Babbitt (fingers crossed) as Batum’s backup. He would share the duties with Victor Claver, but the Blazers need depth anyway. At 6’6”, 215 lbs, Singler is physically NBA ready. Being a UO alum, myself, I wouldn’t mind seeing Singler don a Blazer jersey this Fall.

So much buzz engulfs the 1st round of the draft that the 2nd is often overlooked in speculation. Last year, Will Barton slipped to 40 and the Blazers were fortunate to snatch him up. This year Portland has 3 picks after 30 and it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Blazers target a 4 year man after their success with Damian Lillard last season. Of course, Singler does not compare, but the idea remains the same. The Blazers need NBA ready players.

[1] E.J. turned 23 yesterday. Happy birthday, fellow Duck!



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