Q&A with E.J. Singler

Why do you think the Singler Southern Oregon Open continues to grow and be successful?

"I think it's just different from any other tournament, especially around here. When me and Kyle were growing up we didn't have anything like this in the community for us to go and play against different teams. I think people like the small-town feel of Medford here and a lot of props to Kids Unlimited and my parents (Ed and Kris) for keeping it going because they're the real guys behind the scenes that don't get much recognition but deserve all of it."


What was your first experience like in the NBA's Developmental League?

"I don't like the word 'grind' but I'm going to use it right now because it's definitely a grind. You don't have the perks of the NBA, you're not getting paid like an NBA player and you don't travel like one or have any of the resources, so the grind is a real thing. But I had a great time there and I felt like I got better, which is the whole point of the developmental league. I'm happy with what I got from it."


What do you foresee in your near future for professional basketball?

"For right now, I just want to get my knee better and if I feel comfortable enough I'll play in the NBA Summer League in July. From there, hopefully I play well in summer league and I get picked up by a team. If not, I'll go overseas and play. I've had NBA teams talk to agent about being interested in me so we'll see. Having my brother in the NBA helps and with how well Kyle has fit in, and we have a similar style of play so hopefully there's an opportunity."


How does competition differ from major college at Oregon to the D-League?

"Obviously the top tier guys are in the NBA but there are still the top players from college basketball playing in the D-League. You're getting the best players from each college team playing in the D-League that haven't made it to the NBA yet so it's great talent. People were saying this year that the D-League was the second-best league in the world, even better than the European League."


General fans have their own outlook, but what's it like having a brother who plays in the NBA?

"It's definitely cool. My view towards Kyle is a lot different than most other people. I don't view him as a professional basketball player or someone really famous, he's always just been a brother to me and a guy I look up to. It's tough for us to communicate sometimes because he's busy and I was busy this season so we didn't really talk that much, but we kinda both understand the situation that we're both in. I went back and visited Kyle in Detroit for about three weeks and did some physical therapy there and that was actually the first time ever being alone with each other one on one and it was a really great experience."


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