SOR Speaks With Kyrie Irving

Fans of Rutgers basketball that follow recruiting know that Kyrie Irving has soared to the top of the Scarlet Knights wish-list. The 2010 point guard has been followed quite closely over the summer by Rutgers and a host of other programs. SOR caught up with Irving recently to get his thoughts on his recruitment and all the massive attention he's been receiving lately.

Kyrie Irving has burst onto the scene. That's what being extremely gifted, transferring to St Patrick's, and playing quite well over the past year can do for you. Last year at this time, Irving was a relatively unknown young man preparing for his sophomore year at The Montclair Kimberly Academy.

Then, after being a one-man gang for the Cougars as a tenth-grader and announcing he'll play his final two years of high school ball at Kevin Boyle's powerhouse program in Elizabeth, Irving continued his terrific play through the summer. Now he is a very wanted young man.

"I'm open to everything", Irving said when asked about the recruiting process and if any school has emerged as a leader. "It's new to me. Last year I was not highly recruited. This year I am. Every school is a possibility. Right now I'm just taking things one day at a time and working hard."

Those schools trying hardest to make that possibility a reality are Rutgers, Seton Hall, St Joseph's, George Washington, Villanova, and Miami. Those are among the schools that have already offered Irving. He mentioned Duke and Maryland as two schools that have not yet offered but are showing heavy interest.

Of all the schools recruiting Irving, no school has shown him more attention or indicated more to him just how much of a priority he is than Rutgers. Head Coach Fred Hill and Assistant Coach Darren Savino have followed Irving's every move throughout the summer.

"I have a good relationship with them", Irving said. "They come to every one of my tournaments, and they've shown me that they really want me." Irving said that close on the heels of the Scarlet Knights in terms of interest is Rutgers' in-state Big East rival, Seton Hall.

"Rutgers is recruiting me very hard, but as far as showing me interest, Seton Hall is right behind them," Irving said. When asked which coach or coaches from the Pirate staff are recruiting him, Irving replied, "Everyone".

Irving was reminded about a conversation SOR had with him at Rutgers team camp back in June. Back then, he said that the two conferences that he was hearing the most from were the Big East and the ACC. He said then that he had the most interest in the ACC. He was asked if this was still the case.

Apparently, it is not, as he reiterated what he said earlier: "Not really. Every school is a possibility."

What then will be the factors that ultimately lead him to pick a school? Number one, he said, will be his comfort level with the staff. Number two will most likely be the academic reputation of the institution. Overall, he said, "I'm just looking for the school that will be the best fit for me for four years."

With two years of high school basketball left, there's still plenty of time for Irving to make a decision, and he indicated that he really has no timetable. He said that at the end of each season he sits down with his father and evaluates things. That's what he said he'll continue to do.

Of the recruiting process, he said that, "it's going well. Sometimes it can get a little overwhelming, but overall I'm enjoying it." One thing that Irving said he also enjoys is playing his AAU ball for the New Jersey Roadrunners, and famed coach Sandy Pyonin. "It's great", he said. "He's coached something like 30 NBA players, so to be able to play for and be coached by a guy like that – it doesn't get any better than that."

It's probably a pretty safe bet that whatever school ultimately lands Kyrie Irving will be saying the same thing.

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