Bloomington – The nation's eighth-ranked point guard in the Class of 2010 is headed to Bloomington for a visit.
Kyrie Irving, a 6-2, 165-pounder from St. Patrick H.S. in Elizabeth, N.J., said he will be joined by his father and uncle on a trip to IU's campus in about three weeks. He said he's coming the weekend of Nov. 15, and he'll be on hand for Indiana's season opener against Northwestern State.
"That weekend works well with my high school schedule, and it's a good time to come see the atmosphere at Indiana," Irving said.
Indiana is one of a plethora of schools that have been after Scout.com's 44th-ranked player in the 2010 class. He said Indiana, Memphis, Notre Dame, Kansas, Kansas State and Villanova are among those that have separated themselves from a lengthy list of suitors.
IU Assistant Coach Roshown McLeod traveled to St. Patrick H.S. to watch Irving work out during the contact period, and the Hoosiers have let it be known that like Irving to be a part of their 2010 class with a scholarship offer.
"Indiana likes my ability to play either guard spot, the 1 or the 2," Irving said. "I'm a combo guard and they like that."
Irving, meanwhile, likes IU Coach Tom Crean's reputation for developing great guards. That's been a big selling point for McLeod and the Hoosier staff, and Irving has been paying attention.
"Now that Coach Crean is there, they're maintaining the same thing they had at Marquette, which is Guard U," Irving said. "That's what I'm looking for in college – somewhere I can come in, make an impact, and play my game and have freedom."
This winter, Irving will be doing for a new team at the prep level. After averaging 27.6 points per game as a sophomore at Montclair Kimberly Academy, Irving has transferred to St. Patrick H.S. for his final two years of high school. This season, he'll play alongside top-10 2009 recruit Dexter Strickland, who is headed to North Carolina.
In an effort to keep his attention on basketball instead of recruiting, Irving is relying on his father and uncle to handle much of the regular contact with college coaches. But with a summer 2009 decision likely, Irving knows what will be the biggest factor in his decision.
"The first thing I look for is a family atmosphere, a home away from home," Irving said. "It want to find somewhere I can feel completely comfortable so the adjustment will be easier from New Jersey to wherever I go. The family atmosphere is the biggest thing."
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