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Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

Posted on: April 6, 2011 4:54 pm
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: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:23 am

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

what are you talking about Duke being behind UNC again? I'm sick of this. This year people were talking like UNC dominated Duke and all of this nonsense. I think its wishful thinking on their part. They won one game out of the three the two played this year. Duke still dominated the rivalry this year, especially in the conference tourney. Barnes will leave, and Henson is a bean pole, so who's it gonna be? I'm not worried about it at all. You have three Plumlees, all 6'10 or taller, and Ryan Kelley, should be easy to have a fresh frontcourt. I felt that this year the Plumlees played conservatively so as to avoid getting into foul trouble early. Now they can hack it up if they want going for the big blocks and all. Mason was impressive this year. Some games they wouldn't even go inside for fear of getting blocked.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:17 am

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

I'm not surprised at all. The toe injury was the deciding factor I think. If I were him though, it would be in the back of my mind look how easy it is to injure yourself and lose it all. Wouldn't it be a little more prudent to get the good Duke education and have something to fall back on? I don't know I guess he can go and make that big money but I would be thinking about it multiple ways. Quinn Cook looks really good coming into this next season and I think people will start to talk about him more as time goes on. I think he and Rivers will be a good combo in the backcourt along with Tyler Thornton and Curry. Coach K will have to adjust to his talent but he's truly the master at it so I'm not worried.

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 10:28 am

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

Everyone knew that he was going to be one and done before he left High School. With the enivitable NBA lockout looming, all of Duke nation was hopeing that would persuade him to stay. That and the possibility of playing with Rivers, gave us some hope. Then he got hurt and had to sit out for over 3 months. That sealed the deal right there, IMO.

As much as I would love to see KI stay 2 or 3 more years, I think he would be risking too much to do it. If he were to get another significant injury, then he would be labled as injury prone, and his draft status would have dropped tremendously. I can't blame him a bit for leaving now.

Regardless of what this idiot "Jacon64" thinks. Duke University is proud he came to Duke. We all wish him the best of luck in the NBA, and all his future endeavors. He will be a member of the Duke family, FOREVER!

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 8:02 am

Duke loved "having" him?

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.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 7:48 am

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

DO NOT HIRE AN AGENT!  This is a bad move.  THey are not playing basketball in the NBA next season.  You think the NFL has problems.  The NBA has huge gigantic problems.  The owners want a hard cap, contraction of teams and a lower salary cap.  The players have already stated they are willing to sit out the year.  Their will not be any NBA before February if any at all.  All kids that can stay in college should!  If you sign that contract then lock you out you get zero money and you don't play.  Why are people not realizing this? 

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 2:54 am

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

 Marshall Plumlee, at 7'0", is the most athletic of the (3) Plumlees and won the High School slam dunk championship this year

an athletic plumlee??? no such thing after seeing the first two. duke will be fine next year thats if they dont mind being behind unc again. im sure most duke fans are praying barnes leaves too.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 12:11 am

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

Take for instance Kentucky. Last year they had 4 freshman and a junior go in the first round of the NBA draft. Ok. So what did they do, they brought in 4 more possible one and dones. Next year they have 4 of the top 19 high school recruits signed. All theyre doing is trying to buy a National Championship.
The junior that went early last year graduated in 3 years. Why would he stay a 4th year? Of the 4 freshman, Orton and Bledsoe were not thought to be one year players. Wall and Cousins probably could have gone right out of high school if allowed. Either way would you turn down millions at 19 if it was offered to you? I agree the one and done crap sucks, but you can't blame these kids for getting paid when it's offered to them.

Kudos to the BUTLERS and VCUs, hell even coaches like Gary Williams of Maryland who refuses to bring in those so called one and done.
Butler lost Heyward early, remember. The Butlers and VCUs and even Gary Williams of Maryland would take Kyrie Irving, John Wall, or DeMarcus Cousins in a heartbeat.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 12:08 am

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

UConnBBall...yes, the National Champion..congrats!  So Coach K can't get players ready for the NBA?,,,WOW...I didn't realize that it was in his job desciption to do that?....he is college coach...hired to teach and train college players to play the game of basketball at a high level and teach them about life(and how not to cheat)...he currently has 13 players in the NBA doing just that(UConvicts has 11) that bad? bad as cheating? know cheating?...that being Coach(can I make 1 more phone call?)Calhoun?...congrats on your win again this year...NICE!

Since: Feb 6, 2010
Posted on: April 7, 2011 12:05 am

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

what a stupid decision...winning the NCAA championship in NO will be worth much more than his NBA career will be.....dummy!

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:41 pm

Irving entering NBA Draft after one season

Thats good for you that your players are staying. Lets hope Barnes stays as well. You probably guessed that im a Terp fan. We maybe losing our best player in Jordan Williams. Dont really think hes ready. Hes a little undersized to be a center and he has no outside shot to play forward. I just wished the better ACC players would stay and play and build our conference back up to NUMBER ONE where it was for decades.

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