Duke's Singler to return for junior season, Henderson will wait to make decision

Posted March 27, 2009

Kyle Singler said he’s definitely coming back. Duke fans will have to wait longer to find out Gerald Henderson’s fate.

Singler, a sophomore forward, said after Duke’s season-ending 77-54 loss to Villanova Thursday night that he plans on returning to the Blue Devils for his junior season.

“Well, I’m coming back next year,” Singler said when asked about his future. “So that’s all that’s to that.”

ESPN.com draft expert Chad Ford has Singler listed as an early second-round pick if he comes out, but that doesn’t look to be the case.

The future of Henderson, a junior, appears more up in the air. If he declared for the draft, he’d almost definitely be a first-round selection and maybe even a lottery pick.

Outside of his Sweet 16 performance against the Wildcats, he certainly helped his case down the stretch this season, playing the best basketball of his career during the conference season and parts of the postseason.

He was mum on the topic in the immediate aftermath of Duke’s season-ending loss Thursday night.

“Now is really not the time for that,” Henderson said. “I’ll make a decision on that, but just not now.”

Ford lists Henderson as his 19th best prospect.

Entering the game against the Wildcats, Henderson led Duke in scoring (16.8 ppg) and also averaged 4.8 rebounds per game.

Singler was Duke’s second-best scorer (16.5 ppg) and best rebounder (7.7 rpg).


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  • futuredukemom Apr 7, 2009

    Henderson should stay we need him!

  • RRtarheel Mar 29, 2009

    duke is a good team dont get me wrong. but a national championship without an inside game is up in the air. duke need some impact big men to compete til the end.

  • RRtarheel Mar 29, 2009

    ok, seth is trying to come to Dook... what can JJ Jr. bring to the table of an already great 3 point shooting team.

  • areohbee21 Mar 28, 2009

    Mark My words, If our team i.e. Henderson, and Singler return to school, we will win the National Championship next season. Yes there are going to be real talented teams next year, but after the beating we took from Villanova, we are going to be out to prove we are great and we will be on a mission to prove every single one of you who doubt us.

    you're welcome

  • StunGunn Mar 28, 2009

    Heel Fan here. I don't think the world would be a better place without us, bmd0224. But whatever.......I think Henderson comes back. He may test the NBA waters, but I think he'll return. I haven't seen many players get worse after another year of K's coaching. He did coach NBA players in the Olympics.

  • absolutfitch Mar 28, 2009

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    what kinda talk is that?!? i'm' a carolina fan, and you guys are making progress!! why...back in 07 you lost in the first round...08, you made it all the way to the 2nd round....just because you lose in the 3rd round don't go being bitter!!! you're 4 years away from your 4th title!!!!! haha....

    GO HEELS!!!

  • absolutfitch Mar 28, 2009

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    hahaha...thick with irony...you probaby said "go devils" also...how'd THAT work out for you?!?! henderson leaves...he leaves duke in shambles, singler can't carry this team...especially w/o a point guard...

  • Glory Mar 27, 2009

    bmd - I think most of America says the same about all of dook... Not just the fans.. the elitest campus... the whiney new jersey spoiled brats... heck i can keep going and going and not be very far off from the truth. If your tired of smack talk find another team to jump on the bandwagon.

  • bmd0224 Mar 27, 2009

    The world would be a better place without tarheel fans. Gosh I'm so sick of all the tarheel fanstalking smack! Just buzz off.

  • Familymatters Mar 27, 2009

    Henderson should go...He can go out on a strong season now... next year who knows??

    I think the burden of this season and last nights loss should fall on K, had he been focused on his Durham team the last 4 years instead of his other obligations this team would have been a lot better than a "live and die by the jumpshot" team like they were.
    Maybe... just maybe.. if K can focus on Durham, Singler will improve his inside game next year and go in the 1st round.




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