Eugene Daily News will be publishing a series of profiles for the upcoming men’s UO basketball season. We’ll select a Ducks player and give you our analysis, evaluation and forecast for the season. Today starts the series with the Ducks senior leader, E.J. Singler.
When E.J. Singler came into the Oregon program in 2009, head coach Ernie Kent was expected to redshirt Singler his first year. However it didn’t end up that way, with Singler as the only Ducks player to play in all 32 games his freshman year.
That’s the kind of player Singler has been for the Ducks in his career- consistent. Singler is always there for the Ducks, helping as the do everything guy- the prototypical “glue guy”. Last season Singler led the Ducks in rebounds while starting all 34 games, a 79 game consecutive streak dating back three seasons. Singler set career highs in points (13.6), field goal percentage (.467), free throw percentage (.909), minutes (30.8 mpg) and assists (2.2).
To add on top of his already accomplished career at Oregon, Singler is the Pac-12 Conference’s active career leader in points (1,114), while ranking third in both rebounds (546) and 3-pointers made (131).
The senior from Medford, Ore. has played everything from shooting guard to an undersized power forward for the Ducks. He has the skills to bang on the inside and handle the ball on the outside. Last season, Singler was a primary ball handler in many of the Ducks sets and his basketball IQ is off the scale. Most of the baskets Singler gets come within Dana Altman‘s offense, as Singler is very adept at moving and cutting to the basket. Singler plays mostly below the rim, using his smarts over his athleticism on the court.
While Singler hasn’t consistently shown the ability to take his man off the dribble and score when he needs to, he has shown flashes. Namely against Creighton two years ago to win the College Basketball Invitational. If Singler can beat his man off isolation plays, it will rise his game to a whole other level.
This year Singler will take much more of the burden for the Ducks on the scoring end, as 3 of the Ducks top 4 scorers from last year’s team are gone. Singler will also have to be the on floor leader and manage the nine newcomers on the Ducks roster this season. With a completely brand new backcourt, that will be a difficult task but Singler will be up to the challenge this season.
While Singler holds many roles for the Ducks: facillitator, glue guy, scorer, his most important role is leader.