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LOCAL BRIEFS: E.J. Singler to play in TBT

Ex-South Medford standout E.J. Singler will be a part of an Oregon alumni team, Always Us, in the upcoming The Basketball Tournament, which is an annual $1 million winner-take-all summer event.

The 6-foot-6 Singler, who played with Oregon from 2009-13, is part of the 10-player Always Us roster that will be seeded fourth in TBT’s Omaha regional.

Other Always Us players include: Tajuan Porter, Garrett Sim, Johnathan Loyd, Jalil Abdul-Bassit, Dwayne Benjamin, Casey Benson, Shakur Juiston, Eugene native Brian Conklin (Saint Louis) and Michael Finke (Grand Canyon/Illinois).

The team will be coached by Oregon assistant coach Mike Mennenga.

The fourth-seeded Always Us will begin play at 3 p.m. Pacific on July 16.

Chamberlin earns award in Louisiana

McNeese freshman and former South Medford standout Kaili Chamberlin was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Freshman of the Year on Wednesday.

The LSWA all-Louisiana basketball team is made up of players from colleges in NCAA Division I to the NAIA.

On top of being named LSWA Freshman of the Year — the third McNeese player and first since 1992 to earn the honor — Chamberlin was also a third-team selection.

Chamberlin, who graduated from South in 2021 and helped the Panthers capture the state title at the 6A/5A culminating week tournament last spring, was also named the Southland Conference’s Freshman of the Year in March.

This past season, Chamberlin finished 11th in the Southland in scoring at 11 points per game. She also averaged 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Medford native E.J. Singler, seen here in an Associated Press file photo, will be part of a team of University of Oregon alumni that will play in The Basketball Tournmant this summer.