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 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.