Duke had two former players drafted in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft, but neither Austin Rivers nor Miles Plumlee was honored Tuesday with All-Rookie team selections.
Instead, it was the 33rd overall selection in the 2011 draft who received hardware. Kyle Singler was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team after averaging 8.8 points and 4.0 rebounds during his first season with the Detroit Pistons. Singler played in all 82 games for the Pistons, starting 74 of them.
Duke associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski tweeted out his congratulations to Singler for his accomplishment.
Congrats to @kylesingler for being named 2nd team all rookie. Impressive 1st year campaign for one of Duke’s all timers.
— Steve Wojciechowski (@steve_wojo) May 14, 2013
Singler was a rookie this season after spending the lockout-shortened 2011 season playing in Spain first for Lucentum, then later for Real Madrid. Singler is under contract with Detroit for the next two seasons and is expected to be an important part of the Pistons’ rebuilding efforts.
Singler was joined on the All-Rookie second team by teammate Andre Drummond (UConn), Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky) and Tyler Zeller (North Carolina).