DURHAM, N.C. -- Head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the signing of three senior high school student-athletes to national letters-of-intent during November’s early signing period. Taylor King, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith each signed national letters-of-intent to attend Duke, giving the Blue Devils another top 10 recruiting class. Scout.com rates the class third overall, while Rivals.com ranks the group sixth in the country.
King, a 6-7, 215-pound small forward from Santa Ana, Calif., is ranked 35th overall and 11th among small forwards by Rivals.com. Last season, King shot 64 percent from the field and averaged 17.1 ppg., 10.2 rpg. and 4.7 bpg. as a junior at Mater Dei High School. He has helped Mater Dei to an 88-12 record and two state runner-up finishes in three seasons. King was named the 2006 California Junior Player of the Year, a USA Today All-Junior Class second team member and to the EA Sports All-American second team. He has compiled 2,229 career points, 1,054 rebounds, 212 assists, 106 steals, 123 blocked shots, while shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 39.0 percent from three-point and 78.7 percent from the foul line. King also holds Orange County single season records for most points (952 in 2005-06) and rebounds (445 in 2005-06).
Singler, the fourth-ranked player in the 2007 class, has led South Medford (Ore.) to an 83-7 record over the past three years, including a state championship in 2005. The 6-8, 210-pound small forward averaged 20.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game as a junior, earning Parade Magazine All-America second team honors along the way. Singler, a two-time all-state selection, has compiled 1,339 career points, 629 rebounds, 191 assists, 115 steals, 72 blocked shots, while shooting 55.2 percent from the field and 70.0 percent from the foul line in three seasons.
Smith, a 6-4, 175-pound combo guard, led Oak Hill Academy to a 40-1 record and a No. 2 ranking in the final USA Today national rankings last season. As a junior, he averaged 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game, while shooting 73 percent from the field, 45 percent from three-point distance and 86 percent from the foul line. Smith was an EA Sports second team All-America and a USA Today All-Junior Class team member a year ago. As a sophomore Smith averaged 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game to lead Riverdale Baptist to a 33-1 record. Smith is the son of the late Derek Smith, a member of the 1980 National Championship Louisville team and a nine-year NBA veteran.
All three members of the 2007 recruiting class were key contributors on the gold medal-winning USA Men’s Under-18 National Team in 2006. King was third on the team in scoring at 12.0 ppg. and fourth among tournament leaders in both three-point field goals (10) and three-point percentage (10-of-21, .476). Singler averaged 11.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game. His steals per game average ranked fourth in the tournament and is sixth in the USA Men’s U18 all-time record books. Smith recorded 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game and was tied for eighth in the tournament in free throws made (15) and free throw percentage (15-20, .750). The USA Under-18 National Team posted four straight wins at the FIBA Americas Championship in San Antonio, Texas (June 30-July 2) to qualify for the 2007 Under-19 FIBA World Championship.