Teammates Now, Teammates in Future?

Bloomington – Might two top-10 players have an interest in playing together in college? St. Patrick's pair of Kyrie Irving and Michael Gilchrist are both being recruited by Indiana, and Irving says the two have talked about the idea of playing together...

Bloomington – Might two top-10 players have an interest in playing together in college?

Perhaps.

Could that wind up being for the Hoosiers?

Maybe.

The two players are Kyrie Irving and Michael Gilchrist, a pair of stars at St. Patrick's H.S. in New Jersey. Irving is a 6'1", 170-pound point guard who is ranked No. 8 in the 2010 class according to Scout, while Gilchrist is currently the No. 2 recruit in the nation in the 2011 class.

Indiana has positioned itself well with Irving, who recently included Tom Crean's program on his list of 10 finalists and will be making an unofficial visit next weekend. But Roshown McLeod has also been pitching the idea of Gilchrist joining Irving in Bloomington.

"(Indiana) pushes the idea of us both going there sometimes, and sometimes they just focus on me when we talk," Irving said. "But they do talk about me and Mike doing it together."

It's an idea that the two standouts have kicked around themselves.

"We talk about it sometimes," Irving said. "It's not really a strong idea right now, but it is an idea that we have."

Irving is the second-ranked point guard in the nation in the 2010 class, a gifted athlete and playmaker who can score points in bunches when he wants to or create easy opportunities for his teammates. He said Gilchrist is a player he loves having the opportunity to play with at St. Patrick's not only because of his ability to finish, but his approach to the game as well.

"He plays so hard, and every time he steps on the court he makes everyone better," Irving said. "Playing with him takes a load off of me. I love playing with him. Great players playing together makes a great team."

That's the same idea that Indiana has, which is why the Hoosiers are making a push to bring in Irving in 2010 and then add Gilchrist as part of their 2011 class.

There's a long time and a lot of work ahead of Crean's staff if they are going to make it happen, but the duo is open to the idea.

"It's definitely an idea we've talked about, going to the same college," Irving said.


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