The State of Oregon is not typically a hotspot when it comes to breeding NBA athletes. Only four Oregonians are currently playing in the big show: Detroit Pistons small forward Kyle Singler, Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Ronnie Brewer, Toronto Raptor shooting guard Terrence Ross and Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones. University of Oregon alumnus E.J. Singler is looking to make it a party of five. The Medford native finished his college career with the Ducks after ending the 2012-2013 season posting team highs in points scored and minutes played.
Manning the charge with 11.7 points per game, the senior forward led the Ducks to their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2007. His consistency and game management on the court caught the eyes of NBA scouts. He has earned two pre-draft workouts, one with the Phoenix Suns and another with the Portland Trail Blazers. According to E.J. Singler’s Twitter, both went well but the Duck alum noted that being on the court of his home state team was a “dream come true”.
E.J. Singler is one of two Oregon athletes hoping to make it in the NBA, the other being Arsalan Kazemi. While there is no certainty either player will be drafted, E.J. Singler is looking to earn a spot as a role player on an NBA roster noting he would provide “high character” and “knock-down shooting” to whatever team snags him.
As the saying goes, two’s company and three’s a crowd, so five must be a handful, right? Nobody here at FishDuck sees anything wrong with a handful of Oregonians in the NBA.
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