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How many Oregon freshmen have been as familiar with McArthur Court McArthur Court is a basketball arena located on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene. Also known as "The Pit," it is known as one of the toughest arenas in the country for opposing players to play in. The arena is named for Clifton N.  before their first college game as E.J. Singler?

For four consecutive years when Singler was at South Medford High School South Medford High School is one of two public high schools in Medford, Oregon, in the United States. It is part of school district 549C, and is attended by 1,834 students. The school's mascot is the Panther and the school colors are royal blue and silver. , the Panthers advanced to the state tournament at Mac Court, and each year played three games, winning a state title when he was a sophomore and older brother Kyle was a senior.

"It's fun being back here," Singler said Wednesday during Oregon's session with the media to preview the season. "It definitely feels comfortable. It's kind of like my high school court here.

"You feel really good when you play in this gym. You feel like you're connected to the fans, it's loud, it has a lot of history."

History resonates from Singler as well. He comes from a family where not only both parents and an older brother know first-hand about college athletics College athletics refers primarily to sports and games organized and sanctioned by institutions of tertiary education (colleges or universities in American English). In the United States, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Association of Intercollegiate , but cousins, uncles and grandfathers have gone through some similar experiences.

"They're such a neat family," UO coach Ernie Kent Ernie Kent (Born January 22, 1955 in Rockford, Illinois) is the current head men's basketball coach at the University of Oregon. He has been the Ducks' coach since he replaced Jerry Green after Green left for University of Tennessee after the 1996-97 season.  said. "They're not only good people, but you can see the athleticism within the family, and their knowledge of (sports)."

The Singler family tree branches widely over athletics both in southern Oregon This article is about the southern region of the U.S. state of Oregon. For the University, see Southern Oregon University.
Southern Oregon is a region of the U.S.
 and at the collegiate level.

E.J.'s mother, Kris, played basketball at Oregon State and his father, Ed, was a starting quarterback for the Beavers after starring for then-Medford High School. Bill Singler, an uncle to E.J., was a receiver at Stanford and now is the head football coach at South Medford High School, where E.J. was an all-state player as a receiver and linebacker.

There are four other uncles, brothers of E.J.'s mother, who also played collegiately, three of them at Oregon after graduating from Klamath Union High School. Rick Brosterhous lettered in basketball at Oregon, where brothers Greg and John lettered in football and Greg also played baseball. Another of those brothers, BG, played basketball at the University of Texas and then professionally in Europe for two decades.

E.J.'s two grandfathers are George Brosterhous, who played basketball at Oregon, and Bill Singler, who excelled in track and field at Medford when the head coach was Bill Bowerman William J. Bowerman (born February 19, 1911 in Fossil, Oregon, died December 24, 1999) was an American track and field coach and co-founder of Nike, Inc. He was a very successful track and field coach, having trained 31 Olympic athletes, 51 All-Americans, 12 American .

A great-grandfather on the Brosterhous side was an all-state player at Bend High School Bend Senior High School is the oldest high school located in Bend, Oregon, United States. The school opened in 1904, but did not graduate its first class of seniors (three students) until 1909.  as well.

In E.J.'s generation, in addition to his brother Kyle, a junior at Duke, there is a cousin playing football at Oregon State, and another cousin who plays baseball for the Beavers and has a brother playing community college baseball College baseball is baseball as played on the intercollegiate level at institutions of higher education, predominantly in the United States. Compared to American football and basketball in the United States, college competition plays a less significant contribution to cultivating  and considering enrolling at Oregon next year. An older cousin of E.J.'s played women's basketball Women's basketball is one of the few games which developed in tandem with men's. It became popular, spreading from the east coast of the United States to the west coast, in large part via women's colleges.  at OSU (Open Source UNIX) Refers to the Unix variants that are maintained as open source, which were primarily BSD Unix and Linux until Sun made its Solaris operating system open source in 2005. .

Imagine those family reunions.

"It definitely gave me the competitiveness," Singler said. "When we got together as families we were always doing something competitive or playing some kind of sport.

"Being part of a sports family, you have to be competitive or you get lost in the shuffle."

With that kind of background growing up, it's easier to understand how Singler was able to come out of the shadow of older brother Kyle, a state player of the year who was recruited by several national powers before choosing Duke.

E.J. is three inches shorter at 6-foot-6 and didn't receive the national acclaim of his older brother, but the Ducks had to fend off Stanford and Washington State to sign him.

"When he really blossomed was when Kyle left (for college)," Kent said. "E.J. came into his own and took over the program.

"I saw a player really start to dominate in his junior year, and then as a senior he became the man."

Singler was the state player of the year as a senior, averaging 21.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists for South Medford. He upped those averages to 26.8 points and 11.7 rebounds at the state tournament.

Kent compared Singler to former Ducks A.D. Smith and Maarty Leunen Maarty Leunen (born September 3, 1985 in Vancouver, Washington) is an American college basketball player. A 6'9", 215 pound forward at the University of Oregon, he is a key reason why the Oregon Ducks reached the Elite 8 in the 2007 NCAA Division I tournament. , both as in-state players and for their on-court intelligence.

"The biggest thing now is for him to get stronger," Kent said. "He's a very smart player and a tough competitor. He just knows how to play the game."

In that family, how could he not?

"When we get together, we're always talking about basketball," Singler said.

"It's really cool to play where one of my uncles played, and hopefully I can lengthen the legacy."
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Date:Oct 15, 2009
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