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Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

Posted on: April 6, 2011 4:54 pm
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Duke freshman Kyrie Irving will enter the NBA Draft and forgo his final three years of college, coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Wednesday.

"Our whole program is overjoyed with having Kyrie here for one year and that he has the chance now to pursue a dream of being a high draft pick and a great player in the NBA,” Krzyzewski said. “We are totally supportive of Kyrie, his family and his decision. We look forward to continuing to work with him during the upcoming months leading to his entry into the NBA and afterwards while he is an NBA player.  He is a great young man, a terrific student, and a truly amazing representative for our program and for Duke.  We love him and are very happy for him and his family.”

Irving averaged 17.5 points and 4.3 assists per game this season.

The point guard only appeared in 11 games because of an injured toe.

He's projected by some to be the No. 1 overall pick in June's NBA Draft.
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Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

This season Duke won two out of three, winning the 3 game ACC Tourney, but losing the 16 game ACC Regular Season Championship...
Yet, if the shoe was on the other foot, you would be prouder of the 3 games in three days. Go ahead and admit it. It's ok, we know how you roll.

BTW....why dont you ask the ACC Governing body who the ACC Champions are. I'll give ya hint. It's the team that has beat UNC 5 out of the last 6 times they have played.


Bravesman
Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: April 10, 2011 1:49 pm
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Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

Who posted this bunk about an athletic plumlee? Please his dunk was a simple alley-oop. Maybe you should see the posts that sportswriters have written about how much of a joke it is that Marshall was even on the Mc Donalds team. Didn't he average like 10pts and 8 rebs in high school? I said it before and I'll say it again, three plumlees equals nearly 21 feet of moron.



Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

duke grad, '94 and yes i am sad to see kyrie go.  can't blame him, but we would have been top 5 with him, not sure without.  unc should be 1 or at worst 2 in the preseason...depending on what happens with their players and kentucky's players with the draft.  duke will have the talent to potentially develop into a contender, but now a glaring lack at point guard.  also not sure how coack k is going to integrate 11 scholarship players when he likes a rotation of 7-8.  carolina faces no such questions, and mcadoo can step right into the starting line-up if barnes leaves.  hairston and bullock should help provide a little more outside firepower.  only issue for them is defense.  they really did not play good d beginning in the acc tourney and that needs to improve for them to win a title. 
have to agree that duke had the better year...unc had one more tourney win and one more acc win, but duke got 2 out of 3 including the acc championship.  and that was basically a home game for unc...louder than the dean dome.



Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: April 7, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

He should stay at least one more year. He could use the experience of playing a full season



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

Jacono64, below is the first post from you, and the reason I called you a idiot:


The dude only played like 11 games because of an injury; played intwo NCAA tourney games, and Duke is proud that he came to Duke? what a waste of time and space. NO Duke fan can really claim he went to Duke because he did absolutely NOTHING for their program other than drag their hopes for another championship down the drain. Good going.
Then, you came back with this:



I am an "idiot" for talking to alot of Duke fans that said they were dissappointed he was injured basically the entire season because THEY KNEW that would hurt their dominance throughout the season; AND are also dissapointed because they wanted him back to help contend with UNC and at least make up for a lost season. Duke did dominate UNC in conference play but got CRUSHED by a PAC-10 team and even then UNC went on to the Elite 8 that technically SHOULDN'T have been this good this year. This was supposedly the year Duke went back to back? Yeah alot of that is because homedude got hurt. You should quit reading Internet blogs on Duke pages and go talk to REAL people man. Maybe you will learn a thing or two and hopefully have a somewhat descent conversation on college basketball.
So, in you're first post, you are saying he didnt do anything but cost them a title, and no Duke fan can even claim that he went to Duke, we cant be proud of him and blah, blah, blah. Whatever! Thats why I called you a idiot. Why dont you ask Nolan Smith if KI did anything to help the program. I will bet everything I own, he will tell you the exact opposite of what you want to hear. He was a great player for 11 games, and a even better teammate/supporter for 26 other games. Everyone (except you're Duke friends apparently) is proud that he came to Duke.

In you're second post, you are stating that Duke fans are dissapointed because he got injured and now will not be coming back next season to help Duke keep kicking the tardholes around. No shiat sherlock! Of course it was dissapointing. If you would have just said that in the first post, I would have totally agreed with you.

BTW....you cant win a National Championship very often in this day and age. For you to say this was a lost season, is not quite true. Maybe in you're eyes, and in the eyes of some irrational Duke fans out there. But, not in my eyes and certainly not in the eyes of Coach Krzyzewski and the Duke program. They did pretty good this year. It was dissapointing to get smoked by Arizona in the NCAA's. It happens to the best teams sometimes. They did win another ACC Championship though. They should just change that, and call it "The Duke invitational"



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

Well said @smackman2003. I'm speechless. Duke will be a good team next year, but not NEARLY as good as they were this year and prior too. I've ben tryin to tell that other guy that, but he is so unknowledgable and ignorant idk what to say anymore. Regardless, great post <):D



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

@jeffbear: are you out of your mind? Duke just lost a first team all american, naismith finalist guard, a forward that averaged 17 points per game, and a likely top 3 draft pick. UNC is returning everyone (except perhaps harrison barnes, though on local radio here he has hinted that he will likely return to school even if he initially enters the draft, and justin knox, whose production should be at the very least replaced by adding mcdonalds all american James McAdoo) off of a team that lost only 4 games between december and march. two of those losses (@duke and vs. duke in the ACC final) can at least partially be explained by situational inexperience (playing in the most hostile arena in college bball, playing in a one-off situation). as for the front line, the two plumlees combined only outscore/rebound john henson on his own by 0.3 points and 3.2 rebounds last season. skinny as a bean pole though he may be, he still led the conference in blocks and nearly matched the production of the two plumlees. Ryan Kelly is not an inside player- he's an oversized swingman whose only future is eating minutes off of the bench to alleviate foul trouble of other more skilled players (oh and he can "take charges" under the basket and hit the occaisional wide open three (6.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg)). To suppose that a team bringing in a heralded group of recruits wont suffer a setback, at least when compared to a team bringing essentially all pieces back is to ignore the realities of the situation- they have 0 double figure scorers returning, and the most experienced players they have are on in a frontcourt that is coached by Steve Wojciechowski (a former point guard that stands at 5'11). I just want to know how you think Duke is going to score as proficiently as they did this year after losing the three best players on the team and replacing them with freshmen. i dont think anyone could make a sane argument that UNC was better this year- no way, the bodies of work of both teams didnt even compare (2 top 50 wins for UNC, 7 for Duke for example)- i think the poster you respond to means returning to a 2007-09 sort of arrangement where UNC was clearly the better team. But it is equally insane to suppose that Coach K, as skilled of a coach as he is, will suddenly develop 4 freshmen into a unit that's better than an elite 8 team with an extra year of experience of playing together (that's adding 2 mcdonalds all americans of its own). all of that said, if half of the UK freshmen stars return, i think theyll probably be the strongest team.



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

Oh, yeah you are right, @CoachKbball; I am an "idiot" for talking to alot of Duke fans that said they were dissappointed he was injured basically the entire season because THEY KNEW that would hurt their dominance throughout the season; AND are also dissapointed because they wanted him back to help contend with UNC and at least make up for a lost season. Duke did dominate UNC in conference play but got CRUSHED by a PAC-10 team and even then UNC went on to the Elite 8 that technically SHOULDN'T have been this good this year. This was supposedly the year Duke went back to back? Yeah alot of that is because homedude got hurt. You should quit reading Internet blogs on Duke pages and go talk to REAL people man. Maybe you will learn a thing or two and hopefully have a somewhat descent conversation on college basketball.


nickyc816
Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:33 am
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