Irving's Back In Action; Has Hopes of Title

It didn't take Kyrie Irving long to make an impact at St. Patrick's. The top rated point guard had a huge effort in a rivalry game and is hoping for a national championship.

The first part of the 2008-2009 season wasn't easy for Kyrie Irving.

Coming off a big summer, where he made his presence known on the national scene, Irving was forced to the sidelines due to a transfer rule following his move to St. Patrick.

"It was hard and pretty frustrating, but I learned a lot on and off the court and how to lead my teammates from off the court," Irving told Scout.com.

The 2010 prospect became eligible in January and has made an instant impact for the Celtics. Thus far he's averaging 18 points a game.

"I was nervous the first game back and I l had a lot of jitters because I hadn't played a game since last year so I was nervous, but I've finally gotten back into the swing of things," Irving said.

Irving certainly is back into the groove. Playing against nationally ranked St. Benedict's, which is home to Tristan Thompson and Myck Kabongo, Irving scored a game high 21 points and helped lead St. Pat's to a double digit victory.

Although Irving says he's more focused on his season right now, his recruitment has taken off. Schools from both coasts are checking out the 6-foot-1, 165-pound point guard.

"I'm going to narrow it down to my top 10 schools after the season," Irving said. "I'm just trying to get to know the coaches right now and see if I can see myself at their school. I'm just getting to know the coaches better."

Irving failed to mention all the schools involved, but said he's heard from 90-percent of the Big East and 90-percent of the ACC, as well as Memphis, UCLA, Washington and many others. Indiana and Memphis have gotten him on campus and Notre Dame appears to be next.

"I took [a visit] to Indiana and I took one to Memphis," Irving said. "I'm going to take an unofficial to Notre Dame. Me and my dad are going to fly out there and hang out with the coaches and get to know the players and go through the whole process."

But he doesn't want the visits to stop there. Irving said he wants to go through the whole process and take plenty more visits. Among the schools he mentioned for future trips were Villanova, Duke, Seton Hall and Rutgers. But those trips likely won't come until after the season, as Irving has desires of winning a championship.

"I'm really not focusing on where I'm going to go right now," he said. "After the season me and my dad are going to discuss. My focus is on winning a national championship with my high school team. That's my main focus right now. I'm not really worried about picking a school right now.


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