Irving Closes In On College Decision

Combo guard Martavious Irving from Boyd Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., has narrowed his list of schools down to four and has taken three official visits with one more to come in the next few weeks.

On Sunday night, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard described the recruiting process as "stressful."

"I'm trying to make the right choice," Irving said. "I want to go somewhere where I can contribute. There are a lot of things to think about."

Irving had a strong senior season for one of the top teams in Florida. He averaged 15.4 points per game, made 43.7 percent of his 3-point attempts (38 of 87) and 72.3 percent of his free throw attempts (68 of 94) as the Cobras went 25-3 on the year.

But with his senior season over for several weeks, Irving has had more time to think about recruiting and take more visits. He's narrowed his choices down to four schools — Virginia Commonwealth, Kansas State, Saint Louis and Jacksonville — and plans to make a decision in the next few weeks.

Irving said he visited Jacksonville in December, VCU in January and Saint Louis a few weeks back.

"It was all good," Irving said of those three visits. "I was impressed. Everywhere showed me something I was impressed with."

The senior guard was supposed to make his official visit to Kansas State this past weekend, but had to cancel the trip because of a family issue. Instead, he's hoping to visit KSU within the next two weeks.

"I'm going to take one more visit to Kansas State and then compare the four, the pros and cons, and make a decision after that," Irving said.

Irving said he is being recruited by all four schools as a combo guard who can play either backcourt spot. Coaches have told the Boyd Anderson High School senior they like his ability to defend stronger guards, something that figures to earn him playing time right away next season, and his ability to use his size to post up smaller guards inside.

Eugene Richardson, Irving's high school coach, said the senior standout did a little bit of everything for the Cobras in his four years on the varsity squad, including three seasons as a starter.

"Martavious played everything for us — the 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5," Richardson said. "He was a match-up problem for everybody we played. He played excellent defense. He could play anybody we played down here. He rebounds well. He's one of those players who can do anything for you."

Irving said his versatility is probably his biggest strength.

Though he has probably played more shooting guard than point guard in the past, he knows that he doesn't have the ideal height to be a prototypical shooting guard. It is his ability to play both spots, and defend either position, that should help him make the transition to Division I basketball.

"I have learned how to play all different kinds of positions and it has helped out my game a lot," he said.

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