Breaking News: Kyrie Irving To Duke!

Kyrie Irving of St. Patrick HS (Elizabeth, NJ) has announced that he intends to enroll at Duke in the fall of 2010. Kyrie made the call in a press conference on ESPNU this evening at 5:30, ending months of speculation as to where the elite point guard would eventually commit.

Earlier this week, SNY’s Adam Zagoria reported that Irving was a “done deal” for Duke, irresponsibly citing unnamed sources who had been “slighted” by Kyrie’s decision. Irving repeatedly refuted these claims (via Twitter), eventually revealing that he would be announcing his decision today—between Kentucky, Texas A&M, and the Blue Devils.

Irving is Scout.com’s No. 2 ranked point guard and No. 5 overall prospect in the class of 2010, making him the most high profile recruit for Duke since the class of 2007, when Kyle Singler (No. 5 overall) arrived on campus. However, this class of 2010 has the potential to be even better, as the top-ranked prospect in the nation, Harrison Barnes, will arrive at Duke for his official visit tomorrow morning.

Kyrie reps Duke after making his decision.

Kyrie reps Duke after making his decision. (property of Crazie-Talk.com)

Kyrie joins Tyler Thornton and Josh Hairston in Duke’s future Class of 2014. Irving’s announcement is the first commitment for Coach K and Co. since September of last year, when Thornton and Hairston both committed after visiting campus and attending the football victory over Navy.

Check out Crazie-Talk early and often during this important weekend for Duke athletics. Riding on the wave of Irving’s commitment, the one and only Harrison Barnes will be on campus this weekend for his official visit. Coach Cut and Duke football are favored against Maryland at Wallace Wade Saturday afternoon, and the Blue Devils play their first exhibition in Cameron against Pfeiffer on Saturday night.

Next week, we’ll recap the long, dramatic, and ultimately glorious affair that was Irving’s recruitment and take a closer look at what Kyrie can really bring to the table.

Brace yourself, Crazies. It’s only going to get better from here on out.

He'll be seeing lots of time on Coach K Court.

He'll be spending plenty of time on Coach K Court. (Photo courtesy of BlueDevilNation.net)

3 thoughts on “Breaking News: Kyrie Irving To Duke!

  1. Huge. If we pull Barnes, we go into 2010 as the #1 team. If we pull Barnes AND get Singler to stay? Holy crap. That would be a stacked team.
    But anyways, I want predictions/analysis! Word on the street stuff. Give me the likely starting lineup. Who plays down low? Nolan’s going to continue to play off the ball, I assume? If Scheyer is full-time pg, does he shoot as much? Can Miles actually play now or will he continue to look like a lost puppy on the court? Is K going to have Singler bang in the post a lot to take advantage of his smaller matchups as a 3? Most importantly, are the rumors of a zone true? Are we going to see some 2-3 in Cameron?

  2. Lowell–be sure to check out our extensive Duke analysis article (that is forthcoming, and will have a little bit of information from the exhibition games included). For now, expect a starting lineup of Scheyer, Smith, Singler, and the Plumlees.

    Miles looks worlds better this year: stronger, more athletic, and more confident. We think having his brother around really helps his play.

    Singler will play exclusively on the perimeter. In the Blue-White game, he knocked down loads of 3s and generally played outside in on offense. l

    I don’t know about zone. One student asked Coach about playing zone at a K-ville open house, and Coach was really funny about it (“What do you think we should play?). So I anticipate the zone to be used some when necessary. We have much more length than quickness this year, so all those long arms would be useful in a 1-3-1 or some other zone. We used some 1-3-1 last year, I bet that’s what we’ll see if anything.

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