By now the well known hype surrounding Irving's visit to Duke late last month was that the 6-foot-2 point guard would be hard pressed to leave Durham without committing to the Blue Devil staff. However, Irving says the rumors were just that and the opportunity to take visits to both the Wildcats and Aggies have and will allow him a chance to do additional background.
"It's a big thing, and I want to make sure I've seen everything. Right now everyone knows my top five schools in Duke, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Seton Hall, and Kentucky. I'm just taking it all in and looking forward to putting this all behind me so I can focus on getting better."
"Getting Better" and "Staying Focused" have been hallmarks of Irving's journey from a relative unknown to a consensus top 10 overall prospect in the class of 2010. After a brilliant summer that saw him cement his legacy as one of, if not the best point guard in his class, what's Irving's next challenge?
"I need to get better with my midrange game and my overall strength. I had a great summer and feel like I have done what I set out to accomplish. Now I am focused on getting to the next level and making an impact there. I want to lead my team to be the best high school team in the country. As far as personal goals, I would love to make the Jordan Brand Classic and the McDonald's All-American game."
Still, before those goals can happen, Irving says he expects to make his collegiate choice which will put all the rumors to bed. On that note has the ever media savvy guard read or head anything in particular that makes him shake his head?
"Not really. I try not to read all that stuff. It's just a distraction. And I can't afford those."
When asked, Irving says a decision could come before the end of the month.