St. Patrick’s Kyrie Irving looking for the right fit

Kyrie Irving doesn’t plan to make a decision on where he’ll attend college until this fall. But as his recruitment plays out and he mulls over the schools on his list, he’s already sure of one thing.

“Once I step on campus, I’ll know it’s the right school,” Irving said.

The 6-2 point guard from St. Patrick’s (NJ) is considered by many to be Indiana’s primary target for the 2010 recruiting class. Not only is Irving looking for the right fit on the court, he’s also focused on finding the right fit in the classroom.

“Academics is the most important thing,” Irving told Inside the Hall. “Academics has been the primary thing in my household since I was probably eight years old. Secondly is probably the coaching staff and where I’ll fit in.”

Irving visited IU for last year’s season opening win over Northwestern State and he plans to take an unofficial visit to Bloomington this summer. He’ll also make stops at Notre Dame and Texas A & M. From there, he’ll trim his list to five schools at the end of the summer and begin scheduling official visits.

“I just try to sit back and enjoy every moment of it,” Irving said of the recruiting process. “Because a lot of people aren’t in my position. I’m just thankful for that in itself. Being around the coaches and getting to know everybody is just great. I’m just taking it all in as the process goes on.”

After transfer rules forced Irving to sit out several games last season, Irving quickly became acclimated to his new home at St. Patrick’s.

“Coming into St. Patrick’s, I was the new guy,” Irving said. “I had to find my way playing with other great players. Playing with Dexter (Strickland) and going against him everyday he just prepared me for the next level and competition and everything. He showed me the ropes around St. Patrick’s.”

With the graduation of Strickland (North Carolina) and Paris Bennett (George Mason), Irving is looking forward to becoming more of a leader during his senior campaign.

“The leadership role, I’m taking it,” he said. “I’ve always been a leader, so it’s nothing new. For St. Patrick’s it’s just another step, but teaching the younger guys is the most important thing for them next year. Also, we have a great group of guys. We lost a lot of seniors this year, a lot of good teammates, but we’re just taking another stepping stone. We’re trying to repeat and win a national championship.”

Although all of the schools on Irving’s list are on a level playing field, he’s in regular contact with Indiana coach Tom Crean and assistant Roshown McLeod. Not only are both coaches building a strong bond with Irving, they’re doing the same with his family.

“I talk to them as much as possible,” Irving said of the Indiana staff. “I just have a strong relationship with them. The relationship I have with them extends beyond me, it extends to my family. It just translates to everything about Indiana I like. They’re in with my family, so I’m close with them.”

In the running: Indiana, Texas A & M, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Florida, Marquette, Maryland, Duke and Kentucky

Irving at the Adidas May Classic: Irving and the New Jersey Roadrunners are expected at this weekend’s Adidas May Classic in Bloomington.

Quotable – Irving on how the Indiana staff says they’ll use him: “They just want me to come in and play right away and make an impact. And that’s what I plan on doing at any college I go to.”

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    As jam typed below, Robert Goff was from Broad Ripple and had some IU interest. Believe he's now at a junior college in Kansas. Haven't heard much on him as of late.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    As jam typed below, Robert Goff was from Broad Ripple and had some IU interest. Believe he's now at a junior college in Kansas. Haven't heard much on him as of late.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    As jam typed below, Robert Goff was from Broad Ripple and had some IU interest. Believe he's now at a junior college in Kansas. Haven't heard much on him as of late.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    As jam typed below, Robert Goff was from Broad Ripple and had some IU interest. Believe he's now at a junior college in Kansas. Haven't heard much on him as of late.

  • CraiginOR

    We didn't have an inside game last year to help our outside game, well, not one that good teams respected. This year one of the big differences will be our inside/outside capabiliities. If coach Crean plays two bigs at once then we are three deep, three at the point and plenty of willing shooters. Maybe. I am anticipating a Bawa pick and roll. Well, the pick for sure.

  • CraiginOR

    We didn't have an inside game last year to help our outside game, well, not one that good teams respected. This year one of the big differences will be our inside/outside capabiliities. If coach Crean plays two bigs at once then we are three deep, three at the point and plenty of willing shooters. Maybe. I am anticipating a Bawa pick and roll. Well, the pick for sure.

  • CraiginOR

    We didn't have an inside game last year to help our outside game, well, not one that good teams respected. This year one of the big differences will be our inside/outside capabiliities. If coach Crean plays two bigs at once then we are three deep, three at the point and plenty of willing shooters. Maybe. I am anticipating a Bawa pick and roll. Well, the pick for sure.

  • CraiginOR

    We didn't have an inside game last year to help our outside game, well, not one that good teams respected. This year one of the big differences will be our inside/outside capabiliities. If coach Crean plays two bigs at once then we are three deep, three at the point and plenty of willing shooters. Maybe. I am anticipating a Bawa pick and roll. Well, the pick for sure.

  • CraiginOR

    We didn't have an inside game last year to help our outside game, well, not one that good teams respected. This year one of the big differences will be our inside/outside capabiliities. If coach Crean plays two bigs at once then we are three deep, three at the point and plenty of willing shooters. Maybe. I am anticipating a Bawa pick and roll. Well, the pick for sure.

  • CraiginOR

    We didn't have an inside game last year to help our outside game, well, not one that good teams respected. This year one of the big differences will be our inside/outside capabiliities. If coach Crean plays two bigs at once then we are three deep, three at the point and plenty of willing shooters. Maybe. I am anticipating a Bawa pick and roll. Well, the pick for sure.

  • CraiginOR

    Thanks for the Goff info. I googled and he has offers from Indiana State and a couple of wannabes but is still available. The site said we are still recruiting? I dunno but the info had him playing JC ball so perhaps it is accurate and up to date.

  • CraiginOR

    Thanks for the Goff info. I googled and he has offers from Indiana State and a couple of wannabes but is still available. The site said we are still recruiting? I dunno but the info had him playing JC ball so perhaps it is accurate and up to date.

  • CraiginOR

    Thanks for the Goff info. I googled and he has offers from Indiana State and a couple of wannabes but is still available. The site said we are still recruiting? I dunno but the info had him playing JC ball so perhaps it is accurate and up to date.

  • CraiginOR

    Thanks for the Goff info. I googled and he has offers from Indiana State and a couple of wannabes but is still available. The site said we are still recruiting? I dunno but the info had him playing JC ball so perhaps it is accurate and up to date.

  • CraiginOR

    Thanks for the Goff info. I googled and he has offers from Indiana State and a couple of wannabes but is still available. The site said we are still recruiting? I dunno but the info had him playing JC ball so perhaps it is accurate and up to date.

  • CraiginOR

    Thanks for the Goff info. I googled and he has offers from Indiana State and a couple of wannabes but is still available. The site said we are still recruiting? I dunno but the info had him playing JC ball so perhaps it is accurate and up to date.

  • BGleas

    I think that's a great point Craig. One of the reasons the outside game struggles was definitely the lack of an inside game last year, other than Pritchard.

    When you have your wing players masquerading as power forwards, the depth on the entire team is compromised. It will be fun to watch how much better guys like VJ3 and Dumes can be when they have some capable inside help.

  • BGleas

    I think that's a great point Craig. One of the reasons the outside game struggles was definitely the lack of an inside game last year, other than Pritchard.

    When you have your wing players masquerading as power forwards, the depth on the entire team is compromised. It will be fun to watch how much better guys like VJ3 and Dumes can be when they have some capable inside help.

  • BGleas

    I think that's a great point Craig. One of the reasons the outside game struggles was definitely the lack of an inside game last year, other than Pritchard.

    When you have your wing players masquerading as power forwards, the depth on the entire team is compromised. It will be fun to watch how much better guys like VJ3 and Dumes can be when they have some capable inside help.

  • BGleas

    I think that's a great point Craig. One of the reasons the outside game struggles was definitely the lack of an inside game last year, other than Pritchard.

    When you have your wing players masquerading as power forwards, the depth on the entire team is compromised. It will be fun to watch how much better guys like VJ3 and Dumes can be when they have some capable inside help.

  • BGleas

    I think that's a great point Craig. One of the reasons the outside game struggles was definitely the lack of an inside game last year, other than Pritchard.

    When you have your wing players masquerading as power forwards, the depth on the entire team is compromised. It will be fun to watch how much better guys like VJ3 and Dumes can be when they have some capable inside help.

  • BGleas

    I think that's a great point Craig. One of the reasons the outside game struggles was definitely the lack of an inside game last year, other than Pritchard.

    When you have your wing players masquerading as power forwards, the depth on the entire team is compromised. It will be fun to watch how much better guys like VJ3 and Dumes can be when they have some capable inside help.

  • plane1972

    I think good guards help attract good bigs. If you get a top-tier talent that knows how to distribute, then the talented bigs will give IU a sniff.

  • plane1972

    I think good guards help attract good bigs. If you get a top-tier talent that knows how to distribute, then the talented bigs will give IU a sniff.

  • plane1972

    I think good guards help attract good bigs. If you get a top-tier talent that knows how to distribute, then the talented bigs will give IU a sniff.

  • plane1972

    I think good guards help attract good bigs. If you get a top-tier talent that knows how to distribute, then the talented bigs will give IU a sniff.

  • plane1972

    I think good guards help attract good bigs. If you get a top-tier talent that knows how to distribute, then the talented bigs will give IU a sniff.

  • plane1972

    I think good guards help attract good bigs. If you get a top-tier talent that knows how to distribute, then the talented bigs will give IU a sniff.

  • Unknown

    I know that Bawa is a 7 footer but he is not that polished as we would like…but he is a perfect Crean guy because his best part of his game is doing those pick n rolls and he runs the floor like a deer…give him two years of just learning the game and i think he can be good starter. I see immense potential in Bawa because his body is very developed and he is stronger even being a import. I see this 7 footer as a Joakim Noah type player.

  • Unknown

    I know that Bawa is a 7 footer but he is not that polished as we would like…but he is a perfect Crean guy because his best part of his game is doing those pick n rolls and he runs the floor like a deer…give him two years of just learning the game and i think he can be good starter. I see immense potential in Bawa because his body is very developed and he is stronger even being a import. I see this 7 footer as a Joakim Noah type player.

  • Unknown

    I know that Bawa is a 7 footer but he is not that polished as we would like…but he is a perfect Crean guy because his best part of his game is doing those pick n rolls and he runs the floor like a deer…give him two years of just learning the game and i think he can be good starter. I see immense potential in Bawa because his body is very developed and he is stronger even being a import. I see this 7 footer as a Joakim Noah type player.

  • Unknown

    I know that Bawa is a 7 footer but he is not that polished as we would like…but he is a perfect Crean guy because his best part of his game is doing those pick n rolls and he runs the floor like a deer…give him two years of just learning the game and i think he can be good starter. I see immense potential in Bawa because his body is very developed and he is stronger even being a import. I see this 7 footer as a Joakim Noah type player.

  • Unknown

    I know that Bawa is a 7 footer but he is not that polished as we would like…but he is a perfect Crean guy because his best part of his game is doing those pick n rolls and he runs the floor like a deer…give him two years of just learning the game and i think he can be good starter. I see immense potential in Bawa because his body is very developed and he is stronger even being a import. I see this 7 footer as a Joakim Noah type player.

  • Unknown

    I know that Bawa is a 7 footer but he is not that polished as we would like…but he is a perfect Crean guy because his best part of his game is doing those pick n rolls and he runs the floor like a deer…give him two years of just learning the game and i think he can be good starter. I see immense potential in Bawa because his body is very developed and he is stronger even being a import. I see this 7 footer as a Joakim Noah type player.

  • Sye Dean

    I'm his uncle. Kyrie & I visited IU last fall, but were unable to really see the campus, besides, the weather was horrendous as well. To quelm your doubts about his academics, he is a 3.5 gpa student & it SHOULD be better. Academics is our family priority, Kyrie just happens to be blessed with great basketball skills. I promise you, if Kyrie does choose IU, he will be as great a student as he will be a basketball player. Our family expectations are high for both. Thank you for your commentary & listening to mine.

  • Sye Dean

    I'm his uncle. Kyrie & I visited IU last fall, but were unable to really see the campus, besides, the weather was horrendous as well. To quelm your doubts about his academics, he is a 3.5 gpa student & it SHOULD be better. Academics is our family priority, Kyrie just happens to be blessed with great basketball skills. I promise you, if Kyrie does choose IU, he will be as great a student as he will be a basketball player. Our family expectations are high for both. Thank you for your commentary & listening to mine.

  • Sye Dean

    I'm his uncle. Kyrie & I visited IU last fall, but were unable to really see the campus, besides, the weather was horrendous as well. To quelm your doubts about his academics, he is a 3.5 gpa student & it SHOULD be better. Academics is our family priority, Kyrie just happens to be blessed with great basketball skills. I promise you, if Kyrie does choose IU, he will be as great a student as he will be a basketball player. Our family expectations are high for both. Thank you for your commentary & listening to mine.

  • Sye Dean

    I'm his uncle. Kyrie & I visited IU last fall, but were unable to really see the campus, besides, the weather was horrendous as well. To quelm your doubts about his academics, he is a 3.5 gpa student & it SHOULD be better. Academics is our family priority, Kyrie just happens to be blessed with great basketball skills. I promise you, if Kyrie does choose IU, he will be as great a student as he will be a basketball player. Our family expectations are high for both. Thank you for your commentary & listening to mine.

  • Sye Dean

    I'm his uncle. Kyrie & I visited IU last fall, but were unable to really see the campus, besides, the weather was horrendous as well. To quelm your doubts about his academics, he is a 3.5 gpa student & it SHOULD be better. Academics is our family priority, Kyrie just happens to be blessed with great basketball skills. I promise you, if Kyrie does choose IU, he will be as great a student as he will be a basketball player. Our family expectations are high for both. Thank you for your commentary & listening to mine.

  • Sye Dean

    I'm his uncle. Kyrie & I visited IU last fall, but were unable to really see the campus, besides, the weather was horrendous as well. To quelm your doubts about his academics, he is a 3.5 gpa student & it SHOULD be better. Academics is our family priority, Kyrie just happens to be blessed with great basketball skills. I promise you, if Kyrie does choose IU, he will be as great a student as he will be a basketball player. Our family expectations are high for both. Thank you for your commentary & listening to mine.

  • http://www.amazines.com/article_detail.cfm?articleid=719179 Law Of Attraction

    Indiana is the frontrunner. I follow St. Pats and Coach Mcleod was at most of the games that Kyrie played in. Crean was at more than a few as well. Pats kids are huge on loyalty.(Michigan State was in with Dexter right to the end as they were on him early too)

    I like to see kids stay local but wouldn't mind him playing at IU. He is a program changer and should be a Top 10 player nationally by the end of the summer. If it weren't for Dexter and Michael Gilchrist this kid would average 30 -35, he's that good but doesn't need to score surrounded by 2 superstars.

  • http://www.amazines.com/article_detail.cfm?articleid=719179 Law Of Attraction

    Indiana is the frontrunner. I follow St. Pats and Coach Mcleod was at most of the games that Kyrie played in. Crean was at more than a few as well. Pats kids are huge on loyalty.(Michigan State was in with Dexter right to the end as they were on him early too)

    I like to see kids stay local but wouldn't mind him playing at IU. He is a program changer and should be a Top 10 player nationally by the end of the summer. If it weren't for Dexter and Michael Gilchrist this kid would average 30 -35, he's that good but doesn't need to score surrounded by 2 superstars.

  • http://www.amazines.com/article_detail.cfm?articleid=719179 Law Of Attraction

    Indiana is the frontrunner. I follow St. Pats and Coach Mcleod was at most of the games that Kyrie played in. Crean was at more than a few as well. Pats kids are huge on loyalty.(Michigan State was in with Dexter right to the end as they were on him early too)

    I like to see kids stay local but wouldn't mind him playing at IU. He is a program changer and should be a Top 10 player nationally by the end of the summer. If it weren't for Dexter and Michael Gilchrist this kid would average 30 -35, he's that good but doesn't need to score surrounded by 2 superstars.

  • http://www.amazines.com/article_detail.cfm?articleid=719179 Law Of Attraction

    Indiana is the frontrunner. I follow St. Pats and Coach Mcleod was at most of the games that Kyrie played in. Crean was at more than a few as well. Pats kids are huge on loyalty.(Michigan State was in with Dexter right to the end as they were on him early too)

    I like to see kids stay local but wouldn't mind him playing at IU. He is a program changer and should be a Top 10 player nationally by the end of the summer. If it weren't for Dexter and Michael Gilchrist this kid would average 30 -35, he's that good but doesn't need to score surrounded by 2 superstars.

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