"I'm wide open right now. No real leader or anything," said Irving. "I have a group of 10 schools or so, but that's not finalized. I am hoping to learn as much as I can and then narrow the list down to five schools for the fall so I can take official visits and then go forward from there."
With a decision date nowhere close on the horizon, Irving says he's continued to focus on improving his game while being thankful for the opportunities in the recruiting process. Still, he does have an idea of some of the potential criteria for schools to make the top five later this summer.
"It will come down to how comfortable I feel with the coaching staff and the school itself. Academics are very important to me, and I want to be able to find a place that I fit in socially."
To the first point, the Blue Devils certainly have some star power with head coach Mike Krzyzewski personally reaching out to Irving.
"I've talked to him and I'm building a relationship with him and Coach Collins. My dad has talked to both of them several times. Coach K told me he wants me to come to Duke, and he told me how he sees me fitting in. It was pretty cool to have him on the other end of the phone. I mean it's an honor and motivates me to keep working hard."
That work will continue soon as Irving and his AAU team head to the Triangle Area for the 2009 Bob Gibbons Invitational, which will present Irving a chance to see the Duke campus.
"I am looking forward to that. I want to see Duke first hand."