Irving Talks Recruiting

With coach Calipari's reputation for developing top point guards, it's likely that Kentucky will always be in the hunt for the best point guards in the country. One of the 2010 prospects that Kentucky is involved with is Kyrie Irving.

With coach Calipari's reputation for developing top point guards, it's likely that Kentucky will always be in the hunt for the best point guards in the country. One of the 2010 prospects that Kentucky is involved with is Kyrie Irving.

KSR got an opportunity to speak with Kyrie Irving on the eve of his trip to Duke for his first official visit. "I plan to visit Duke, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Seton Hall," Irving said.

Thought to be a co-leader just two weeks ago, Irving recently eliminated Indiana from contention and settled on this five team group. Many believe Duke is in the driver's seat for the New Jersey point guard, and that Irving won't leave Durham this weekend without making a commitment.

"There is a possibility that I could commit, yes," Kyrie Irving told The Devil's Den on Thursday. "But I will not commit on my visit. I want to be able to come home and talk things over with my parents on however many visits I take."

As previously state Irving will be at Duke this weekend. The next weekend he'll be visiting College Station and the Aggies. After a week off, he'll be at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness and he'll visit Georgia Tech the following week.

It's a fairly well known fact that Kentucky assistant coach Rod Strickland is Irving's godfather, but that may not play a huge role in who lands the five-star guard. But what does make Kentucky stand out? "Just the relationship with the coaching staff," he said.

When Irving chooses his school, there will have to be certain factors present. "I'm looking for a great social atmosphere. And the academics and the coaching staff have to be great," he said.

What is it about Irving that has all the coaches so interested? "I would say my versatility and being a true point guard," he said. "I just want to incorporate my mid-range game a little more," he finished.

Scout Hoops gave this evaluation of Irving.

Elite level guard. High school coach once said he'd be the top guard ever to come out of New Jersey. Can score and pass equally well. Finishes with athleticism and explosiveness. He's a major impact player nationally.


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