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Posted on: October 22, 2009 6:10 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2009 6:20 pm

Irving picks Duke

Kyrie Irving, as expected, committed to Duke on Thursday.

"I'm pleased to announce that I will be committing to Duke," Irving said on live television. "I'll be a Blue Devil next year."

Scout.com ranks Irving as the No. 2 point guard in the Class of 2010.

He was also considering Kentucky and Texas A&M.

(Note: Credit SNY's Adam Zagoria with the scoop. He had this nailed two days ago, wrote it and had to deal with Irving refuting his story publicly . As a journalist, I can tell you there's nothing more frustrating than having an accurate story refuted. So it was nice to see Zagoria vindicated, and Irving probably owes him an apology via Twitter, at least.)
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 21, 2009 7:21 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2009 7:22 pm

Irving to announce college destination Thursday

Kyrie Irving has said he will announce his college decision Thursday.

Barring a surprise, he'll pick Duke.

MaxPreps.com ranks Irving as the No. 19 prospect in the Class of 2010 while two other reputable recruiting sites have him in the top 10. He's a 6-foot-1 point guard from New Jersey. In addition to Duke, Irving is also officially considering Texas A&M and Kentucky.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 21, 2009 8:38 am
Edited on: October 21, 2009 8:49 am

Irving refutes report of commitment to Duke

Kyrie Irving publicly refuted a report early Wednesday that claimed he is committed to Duke.

Naturally, he did it via Twitter.

"I have not committed to duke!!!" Irving Tweeted. "Don't know what's going on with all these supposed sources."

The "supposed sources" were anonymous sources who spoke to Adam Zagoria of SportsNet NY (SNY), one of whom said, "He’s definitely going to Duke, and if he doesn’t announce it [Wednesday] he’ll probably announce it Thursday.” Again, Irving refuted this. But it should be noted that he's long been considered a future Blue Devil, so much so that I wrote a column about how the point guard from New Jersey could be one of the keys to returning Duke to the Final Four.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 28, 2009 9:07 am
Edited on: September 28, 2009 9:12 am

Recruiting notes from the weekend

There were some significant recruiting developments this weekend.

Here are some of them:

Irving visits Duke: Kyrie Irving, ranked fifth in the Class of 2010 by Scout.com, visited Duke, then Tweeted about it. "Duke official was great! I enjoyed every single second," he wrote. "Everything there fits me and is right for me...you never know what will happen ." Duke has long been considered the favorite to land Irving, a 6-foot-1 point guard from New Jersey. Still, Texas A&M is among the schools hanging around, primarily because Aggie assistant Scott Spinelli was college roommates with Irving's father, Drederick Irving.

Selby narrows list: Josh Selby, famous for decommitting from Tennessee in July, has narrowed his list of potential schools to six, and UT is not one of them. The final six are Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Baylor, Miami and Syracuse. All indications are that Selby -- a combo guard ranked 14th in the Class of 2010 by MaxPreps.com -- will make a final decision in the Spring.

Jones narrows list: Class of 2010 standout Terrence Jones trimmed his list of potential schools to seven -- specifically Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona, Oklahoma, Washington and Oregon. MaxPreps.com ranks Jones as the No. 12 prospect in the Class of 2010.

USC gains fifth Class of 2010 pledge: Kevin O'Neill accepted a commitment from Maurice Jones, according to Scout.com's Evan Daniels. Jones is a 5-7 point guard who reportedly averaged 28 points and 13 assists last season in high school. He's the fifth Class of 2010 prospect to commit to USC despite an ongoing NCAA investigation.
Posted on: September 21, 2009 8:07 am
Edited on: September 21, 2009 8:09 am

Recruiting notes from the weekend

Cameron Clark committing to Oklahoma wasn't the only recruiting development from this weekend.

Here are some others:

Rivers visits Duke: Class of 2011 star Austin Rivers visited Duke despite supposedly being committed to Florida. As Bruce Weber can attest -- you haven't forgotten the Eric Gordon recruitment, have you? -- there is no way to interpret this as a good thing for the Gators. Rivers taking that visit makes him by definition no longer genuinely committed to Florida, and it's only a matter of time before he acknowledges as much publicly. Scout.com ranks Rivers as the No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2011. He is the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers

Wroten tears ACL: While Rivers was touring Cameron Indoor Stadium, fellow Class of 2011 star Tony Wroten Jr. was tearing his ACL in a football game, according to the Seattle Times . The paper reported that Wroten will have surgery this week and need seven-to-nine months of rehab, meaning he's done with football and basketball for the year. Scout.com ranks Wroten as the No. 8 prospect in the Class of 2011.

Quick hitters: Stacey Poole, a 6-foot-5 wing from Florida, told Scout.com that he'll likely pick between Kentucky and South Carolina by the end of the week. Poole is ranked 58th in the Class of 2010. ... Kyrie Irving, ranked fifth in the Class of 2010, eliminated Indiana from his list of possible destinations. The New Jersey point guard is still considering Duke, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M. ... One of the nation's top junior college prospects, J.P. Olukemi, committed to Oklahoma state. He's the fourth OSU commitment for the Class of 2010.
Posted on: September 14, 2009 4:12 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2009 4:15 pm

Irving wants a big role immediately, it seems

Kyrie Irving told Scout.com's Dave Telep on Monday that his college decision will, at least in part, be determined by his "role in the offense." Best I can tell, that's code for "I'm not interested in playing behind anybody."

And I respect that.

Too often, prospects act like they don't mind learning from upperclassmen or waiting their turn. But the truth is that somebody as talented as Irving ought to look for a place where he'll be the top option at point guard from his first day on campus, and that seems to be what he's doing.

Ranked fifth overall in the Class of 2010 by Scout.com, Irving has scheduled three of his five official visits for Duke (Sept. 25), Indiana (Oct. 2) and Texas A&M (Oct. 9). Among the other schools vying for his services are Kentucky and Connecticut. But those two programs could be affected by the presence of point guards Eric Bledsoe (at UK) and Kemba Walker (at UConn).

(Note: I do not expect John Wall to still be at UK by the time Irving would enroll.)

Irving has set no timetable for a decision.

Duke and Indiana are widely considered to be the leaders in his recruitment.
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