Irving Interested in the Aggies

Recently we showcased his highlight video, and now Websider brings you Kyrie's updated list of schools which includes Texas A&M. David Sandhop visits with the prospect about what he sees in the Aggies as well as when he is looking to make his college choice.

In a short five years, the Texas A&M basketball program has made the transition from a moribund Big 12 doormat to a perennial NCAA Tournament participant with wins in each of the past four tournaments. As a result, the recruiting landscape has changed dramatically as well. Kyrie Irving, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound combo guard from Elizabeth, New Jersey, is considered one of the most highly coveted prospects in the nation. Courted by the likes of college hoops royalty such as Duke, Florida, Indiana, Pittsburgh, and Georgia Tech, the Aggies have joined that list of schools being considered by the five-star playmaker.

"My dad knows one of the coaches and I attended their elite camp as a freshman," Irving said. "It was great. I loved the culture, the atmosphere, and the people there. They were just planning a new practice facility that's state-of-the-art, and it's done so I want to go see it. A&M has a great program and I like what Coach Turgeon is doing down there."

Busy playing with the New Jersey Roadrunners in the spring, Irving is trying to work out several unofficial trips in the coming weeks between tournaments.

"I haven't worked out the details but I definitely want to go down to Texas A&M again," Irving said. "Hopefully I can schedule something in the next few weeks. I also want to visit Indiana and some of the other schools on my list."

That list is officially sitting at 10. Among his semi-finalists include Georgia Tech, Maryland, Texas A&M, Duke, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Florida, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, and Indiana. While Irving is looking at schools from across the nation and indicated that he's willing to go anywhere in the country for the right school and the right opportunity, he made it clear that a college right down the road is very much in the race for his services.

"I don't have any favorites among my list. I'll narrow it down to five by the end of the summer and then take visits," Irving said. "There's something I like about all the schools. Indiana has outrageous fans support. Seton Hall is just 10 minutes down the road from my house. My parents could see me play every game. It's tough. All schools have something good to offer. The coaches are all great."

Irving averaged over 17 points as a junior and he sees himself as a versatile guard who can score when needed or create opportunities for his teammates. He calls himself a combo guard, but he feels he can be a true point guard, or a shooting guard depending on the situation.

"I'm confident in my abilities and my versatility is my strength," Irving said. "I have range out to an NBA three pointer and I feel I can beat anybody off the dribble and finish strong."

A final decision probably won't come until the fall after taking his official campus visits. While the highly-rated guard still isn't sure where he wants to go, he does know what he is looking for in terms of a fit.

"I'm looking for a program where I'm comfortable with the coaching staff and their style of play," Irving said. "It's also important for me to find an atmosphere and culture at a school where I'm most comfortable."




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