A bit of housekeeping as the Detroit Pistons officially announced the expected signings of a pair of promising rookies recently.
The team has officially signed 2012 first-round pick Andre Drummond and 2011 second-round pick Kyle Singler. Singler played last season overseas.
I couldn't find an official press release from the team so this brief nugget from the Associated Press will have to do:
The team announced the deal Tuesday night but did not disclose terms. Drummond, a 6-foot-10, 270-pounder from Connecticut, averaged 10 points and 7.6 rebounds last season as an 18-year-old freshman.
Drummond still has some maturing to do at the offensive end -- he shot under 30 percent from the free throw line last season -- but the Pistons may not ask him to score much, at least at first.
Drummond could give Detroit somebody who can protect the rim and play alongside the more offensively polished Greg Monroe down low.
The team also announced the signing of Singler and took the time to post a release on its website to boot:
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club has signed their 2011 second round draft selection Kyle Singler to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"We are pleased to have Kyle Singler join our organization knowing he brings great character and skill to our team," said Joe Dumars, President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons. "We watched him grow as a player throughout his season in Spain last year and we feel he's going to be a great addition to our roster going forward."
Singler spent the 2011-12 season playing overseas in Spain for both Lucentum Alicante and Real Madrid. He averaged 14.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 31.1 minutes in 10 games (all starts) for Lucentum Alicante. Singler then moved to one of the Euroleague's top teams, Real Madrid, where he averaged 7.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 20.3 minutes in 46 games (38 starts). He helped Real Madrid reach the ACB finals before losing to Barcelona. Singler shot 50.4% from the field while playing for Real Madrid and shot over 40% from three-point range while playing for both teams.
Singler was selected by Detroit with the 33rd pick in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-8 forward played four seasons at Duke University where he averaged 16.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 148 career games (tying a school record). A native of Medford, Oregon, Singler tied a career-high 30 points (5-5 3FG) in a homecoming game against Oregon at the Rose Garden in Portland on 11/27/10. As a junior, he led the Blue Devils to a NCAA Championship by averaging 16.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 37 games. He recorded 19 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in the 2010 NCAA Championship game vs. Butler and tallied 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists vs. West Virginia in the semifinals to earn Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four.
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Neither of these moves is unexpected and I anticipate a coming release on the signing of Kim English as well. UPDATE: They signed him. The only questions remaining are whether the team will sign its other second-round pick Khris Middleton or Ukranian big man (Ctrl-V) Vyacheslav Kravtsov and if it will re-sign Ben Wallace.