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Love Drops Duke ...

Kevin Love officially checks Dukes off his recruiting list:

Love, a 6-foot-10 senior-to-be at Lake Oswego, trimmed his list of potential colleges to two last week by removing national power Duke from what had been a three-team race that also included North Carolina and UCLA. Love says the Blue Devils' recruitment of him seemed to cool recently, so he thought it was time to establish a final two.

"(Duke) hadn't been calling me and showing as much interest, so I just decided that if they weren't going to put the time in, I wasn't going to worry about it," Love said Sunday.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski didn't help the Blue Devils' chances when he stopped in Medford on April 19 to visit Singler and failed to make a trip north to see Love.

"I really didn't understand why Coach K would come all the way across the country and not stop by," Love said. "I mean, I understand why he would visit Kyle; he's a consensus top-five player in the country in our class. But I was surprised he didn't stop by while he was in the area."

Krzyzewski's visit was the first of many the past few days for Singler, a 6-8 senior-to-be at South Medford, who still has several schools on his list of finalists. During a four-day stretch last week, Arizona coach Lute Olson, UCLA coach Ben Howland, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar and Kansas coach Bill Self made stops in Medford.
Again from all sources it looks like UCLA is the strong leader for Love. As for Singler it?s either us or the Ratface from USC of the West. Don't believe the nonsense of UDub, KU or UA having a chance with Singler. Viagra Lute is going through the motions. Romar is doing his due diligence paying visits to superstar from Pacific Northwest, and Self/KU has as much chance of landing Singler as Royals do of going to the Fall Classic. Singler is going to have blue college uniforms on - the only suspense is whether if it will be UCLA's blue and gold or Duke blue and white. BHS has a link to radio interview of Singler.

The only reason Duke is in this battle right now because right now Kyle would have guaranteed playing time in Durham in comparison to the deep roster Howland is putting together in Westwood. But UCLA's chances are looking pretty good considering how intensely Howland and co. have been recruiting these two studs from Northwest for last couple of years. As mentioned before ... Stanback is already in the fold. Alex Legion and others are waiting to hear the official word on these two gems from Oregon. Good times for Bruins hoops. Thank God for Howland.