Irving Makes Splash In Pittsburgh

Kyrie Irving made a statement last weekend at the Pitt Jam Fest. The highly touted prospect put together herculean type performance and looked like one of the top floor generals in the country.

Kyrie Irving's AAU season is off to a terrific start. Although the N.J. Roadrunners bowed out in the first round of the Pitt Jam Fest last weekend, Irving played better than any prospect in the event.

A 6-foot-1, 170-pound lead guard, Irving was remarkable in the open court, made crisp passes that led to assists and showed great speed from end to end. Top that off with a jump shot that rarely missed from long range, and he had a special weekend.

"It was great," Irving said of his play at the event. "It was a good start to AAU and it was good to get back on the floor since high school season. It just felt great."

After making it out of pool play, Irving and the Roadrunners lost their first round battle against Spiece Indy Heat. But the Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick did all he could, knocking down five three-pointers and scoring 31 points in the loss.

"I think I played OK," he said after one of is games in Pittsburgh. "I'm still a little rusty. I felt it. Out here I just want to work on my mid-range game and make my high school teammates better."

Irving was forced to sit out over half of his junior season because of transfer rules. It was tough to go through, but Irving said he learned and has moved on.

"It was a learning experience," he said. "I grew as a person and as a player. The high school season, I got as much as I could out of it playing with Dexter [Strickland] and Paris [Bennett] and I looked up to them. I'm just ready for next year."

On his high school team this past season and now with his AAU team, Irving is forced to play off the ball at times. Mix that with his ability to score and many consider him a combo guard, but Irving is quick to point out his true position.

"My primary position is the one," Irving said confidently. "Some people deem me as a combo guard because for the Roadrunners I have to score, but my primary position is the one."

"I think I'm a Chris Paul with a mix of Chauncey Billups," he added when explaining his game.

On the recruiting front, Irving has narrowed his list of schools to ten – Indiana, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Duke, Seton Hall, Florida, Marquette, Maryland and Georgia Tech.

Irving is now planning trips to a handful of schools on his list. His first trip is to Texas A&M, April 28th and 29th.

"I'm actually taking a visit up to Texas A&M and I'm going to go visit Notre Dame soon and then I'm going to take a visit up to Indiana."

Kentucky is a new school to his list. Irving and John Calipari had developed a relationship when the coach was at Memphis, and Irving said the new Kentucky head coach has already thrown an offer his way.

"I just got offered by Kentucky probably about a week ago," Irving said. "It just carried over."

Despite the upcoming visits, Irving won't be making a decision soon. His plan is to wait until after the AAU season, then pick a school prior to the start of his senior season.

"It's definitely early," Irving said. "I'm probably not going to decide until like early September or October. I won't decide until after the summer."


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