Irving Puts On A Show In Front Of K

The entire Duke coaching staff has been on hand in Orlando to watch Kyrie Irving this week and the five star point guard has not disappointed.

The Orlando week will be a memorable one for New Jersey guard Kyrie Irving.

For starters, he's playing about as good as any player in the nation here. Two, he is beating some of the best AAU teams in the country almost single handedly. Three, he has played in front of some of the best head coaches in the country.

Irving put on a show with his high school team as they knocked out perennial powers Team Final and All Ohio Red. Irving's play was inspired and down right dynamic, scoring 37 points against Team Final and went 20 of 20 from the foul line.

A couple of days later at the AAU Nationals, Irving was at it again. This time with the New Jersey Roadrunners.

Irving was outstanding on Tuesday against fellow top 10 national prospect Will Barton. It will be the best match-up of players all week in Orlando. And it won't even be close.

He scored a cool 39 points in the match-up and did just about anything and everything he wanted to do with the basketball. He raises the level of play when he has the ball in his hands and when he is controlling the tempo.

Barton scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, including the game-winning three-pointer that he connected on at the buzzer.

Irving said the games he has played in, including the one against Barton and the Baltimore Stars, have been memorable.

"Playing against a great team like that, was really exciting. Playing against great competition is what I love. That's when my game goes up another level," Irving said. "Will Barton is a great player. He's going to Memphis for a reason. He's really good. It was a great game and I really enjoyed it. I would have liked it better if we came out with a win but overall it was a great game.

"I think I'm playing at a really high level right now. My shot isn't really falling as much as I'd like it to but I'm still shooting the ball relatively well. I think I'm playing team ball relatively well right now and playing the point as about as good as I can. All I want to do is play team ball."

So far, so good. Irving was at it again on Wednesday night against Team Phoenix. The five-star guard pumped in 30 points on 12 of 18 shooting from the floor.

Duke assistants Chris Collins and Steve Wojciechowski were on hand to see the game. Mike Krzyzewski was in town on Tuesday to see Irving in action, too.

"The fact that the whole coaching staff came here to Orlando and watched me was a blessing," Irving said. "I set out a goal at the start of the summer to have the ability to go anywhere I want. I wanted to make it my decision and not to go somewhere where I'm forced to go. Having Coach K here was great."

The Blue Devils are deep in the mix with the New Jersey native. So are 10 other programs. Indiana, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Seton Hall, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Kentucky and Marquette are trying to win Irving over.

Tom Crean, Paul Hewitt, Mark Turgeon, Tony Bennett and Mike Brey have been spotted at his games over the last two days.

Irving said he'll focus on his recruitment after he participates in the Nike Global Games and the Elite 24 in August. There are no plans yet for visits, he said. Irving has only visited Indiana and Texas A&M unofficially.

There are some parameters that Irving has set regarding the final school. He said he wants to find a trio of items at his future home.

"There are three things – family atmosphere, coaching staff and academics. Those are the three things that really stand out," Irving said.

For Duke fans, the thought of landing Irving and Harrison Barnes is a recruiting fantasy. The two future McDonald's All-Americans have been in communication with each other regarding their potential college home.

"Harrison is a great player. If he goes to Duke, I think that would attract me a little bit. His recruitment is about the same as mine but we have talked a little bit about it," Irving said.

Where they both go to college remains to be seen. The two will play together in Portland next month at the Nike Global Challenge.

Now the question most in Durham want to know is this: Will the two play together at Duke next fall?

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