Bloomington – Indiana has gone from co-favorite to out of the running in a hurry with top-five guard Kyrie Irving.
After first reporting that the St. Patrick's (N.J.) guard had scratched his Oct. 2 official visit to IU due to a scheduling conflict, Adam Zagoria from Zagsblog.net is now reporting that Indiana is out of the running all together for Scout.com's second-ranked point guard.
"Indiana is out," Irving's uncle, Sye Dean, told Zagoria. "We respect the program. We respect Tom Crean. We feel blessed that a university of that caliber would recruit Kyrie, but sometimes in regards to this recruiting process you have to eliminate certain programs. That's part of the process."
In Zagoria's article, Dean went out of his way to applaud the efforts that Crean and the IU staff made in their pursuit of Irving, which dates back more than a year. Indiana and Duke had long been seen as the two favorites, but Dean said that has changed as the recruiting process as dragged on.
"Unfortunately, during this arduous and lengthy recruiting process, certain perspectives and perceptions changed in what would be best for Kyrie and his future," Dean told Zagoria.
Irving will now pick between Seton Hall and UConn for his fifth and final official visit. He is already set to take officials to Duke (Sept. 25), Texas A&M (Oct. 9), Kentucky (Oct. 15) and recently-added Georgia Tech (Oct. 23).
News Goes From Bad To Worse on Irving
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