Irving Talks Indiana

Bloomington - High-scoring St. Patrick (N.J.) guard Kyrie Irving is Scout.com's 44th ranked player in the 2010 class, and he might be Indiana's No. 1 target in the junior class. Irving talks about the Hoosiers and the staff's recent trip to Elizabeth, N.J...

Bloomington – Kyrie Irving wasn't the only one looking forward to his return to the basketball court.

Indiana Coach Tom Crean and assistant Roshown McLeod were, too. When the 6'2", 170-pound St. Patrick (N.J.) H.S. star returned to action Jan. 22 after a mandatory 30-day waiting period for transferring schools in the off season, Crean and McLeod were among the on-lookers. Their presence was both noted and appreciated by Scout.com's 44th-ranked player in the 2010 class.

"That was a really good look for them and for me to have them there," said Irving, who had 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in his debut and is now averaging 19 points overall. "They were one of the only schools that flew out for my first game. It was great to see them there."

The Hoosiers don't figure to be backing off anytime soon. A high scoring combo guard who averaged 26.5 points per game last season at Montclair Kimberly Academy, Irving appears to be at the very top of IU's priority list for the junior class.

Crean and McLeod have attempted to emphasize that with not only their presence, but also their words during their monthly phone calls.

"They have told me they need a guard who can come in and just make a quick contribution and take on that leading role and that challenge every day that Coach Crean puts forth," Irving said. "Coach Crean, Coach McLeod, all the coaches there are great.

"Indiana is going to be in my top schools when it's all said and done."

While Indiana has situated itself well with Irving, there are plenty of other suitors and plenty of time before he'll be ready to make a decision. Villanova, St. John's, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall and UConn have been coming after Irving hard, and there are a slew of other schools that are now getting more interested since Irving made the move to St. Patrick's national powerhouse program.

Irving said he's currently in the process of narrowing his list of possibilities to 10, and he will cut that number in half after the AAU season. He'll then take his official visits next fall before the start of his senior season at St. Patrick.

He'll have plenty of options to consider, but Indiana figures to be among those that he continues to take very seriously over the next several months. He's already made an unofficial visit to IU earlier this season and has a good feel for what the Hoosier program has to offer.

"Coach Crean, he's a guard oriented coach," Irving said. "He prepared Dwyane Wade and numerous others for the NBA. He said he could definitely see me there, and he could prepare me for getting to the next level.

"He stressed that it's a family atmosphere all the time, and it's going to be a home away from home. When I'd come in, they basically would want me to run the show, be a leader, and make my teammates better."


Peegs.com Top Stories