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AP: Duke's Singler Plays With Abandon
Courtesy: Associated Press
Release: 03/18/2010
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two days after Duke forward Kyle Singler wiped out ESPN's courtside equipment and personnel while chasing a ball out of bounds during Sunday's ACC championship game, he assessed the damage.

With a shrug and a smile, the Blue Devils junior said he had a few bumps and bruises on his shin and his back. He said, though, he was just glad he didn't run into ESPN analyst Dick Vitale, because he might have caused more damage.

The crash was replayed from about six angles on the highlights shows that night, emphasizing how Singler risked injury and put his body in danger to save a possession for his team. Some other players — particularly the elite recruits with hopes of some day playing in the NBA — might hesitate to do that.

Singler doesn't know any other way.

"I'm fine," he said. "It's a play I would still make. I didn't realize what I was doing. I didn't realize I was going to jump into the stands, but what happens, happens."

Singler's hustle and skill have helped Duke (29-5) win the ACC Tournament and a share of the conference's regular-season title. And as the Blue Devils prepare to open NCAA Tournament play at 7:25 on Friday night against No. 16 seed Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Singler is playing his best basketball.

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