Kyrie Irving on IU: ‘They’re at the top of my list’

  • 06/02/2009 8:50 am in

Adam Zagoria of Sports Net New York and Rivals.com caught up with IU’s top target in the 2010 class, Kyrie Irving, and the St. Patrick’s point guard had favorable things to say about the Hoosiers:

“They’re at the top of my list for now,” Irving told Zagoria in a phone interview. “It’s them and Notre Dame and Duke and Virginia. They’re at the top of my list right now.”

“They have my major, which is journalism, one of the best programs in the country in journalism,” Irving continued. “I got a home feeling when I went out in Indiana. They showed me around the campus. I got a feel a good feel for the campus. It went really well. The fan support was tremendous. They really showed me a good time out there.”

It’s not uncommon for things to change quickly in recruiting, but you can expect IU to be in the thick of things for Irving until the end. He’s developed a strong relationship with Tom Crean and Roshown McLeod that also extends to his family, which Irving told us a couple of weeks ago is an important factor.

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  • BGleas

    Great comments from Irving! Interesting that he didn't mention Kentucky, although it's early and I never count Calipari out.

  • Brad

    Gotta get this kid. He could be the one key piece to officially get IU back on the map BIG TIME. Also, I love his attitude and his apparent enthusiasm for school. There are very few big time players like Irving who actually care what type of majors a school has.

  • GFDave

    I would love it if we beat Duke out for a recruit. That would say a lot about where we are going.

  • pacino

    Sounds great so far! But as we all know, recruiting is one major roller coaster ride.

  • Kelin Blab

    I agree dave we took Hulls from Duke this one would be awesome. I think duke is on a downturn.. I still think we get Irving, we don't get teague. I believe Irving is at IU longer anyhow so I am cool with that……

  • Ryan_T

    Sounds awesome… this kid would be HUGE for Tom Crean and Indiana basketball in general. He seems like he has a legit head on his shoulders, really cares about academics, and can ball.

    On another note… whats this I hear about David Williams only scoring 2 points during a 2 game tournament stretch? Anyone have word on this?

  • indiana52

    What I don`t understand is why kids delay so long sometimes. I know its a big decision but after all their visits what will change that enters into where they will go. I was never in that position so I guess I would`nt understand.

  • Ron in Jeffersonville

    I agree,this would be a hugh get for IU. But I wonder if his current teammate (Michael Gilchrist) will fit into the puzzle some how? Earlier reports said they have talked about playing together in collage. GO IU

  • Ron in Jeffersonville

    I agree,this would be a hugh get for IU. But I wonder if his current teammate (Michael Gilchrist) will fit into the puzzle some how? Earlier reports said they have talked about playing together in collage. GO IU

  • hoostheman

    This calls for a major air hump… No worries, I’ll take care of it.

  • CraiginOR

    Good to see you back BGleas, Irving looks so good I gotta believe we will see him in cream and crimson. Ya gotta believe!

  • BGleas

    I'm with you, I think we're in good here. I believe. Just seems weird that he didn't even mention Kentucky with the Rod Strickland connection.

    Love your avatar by the way, are you a Celtics fan?

  • CraiginOR

    BGleas, I have never liked Calipari for the same reason I never liked
    Sampson…they don't bother with the student part of student/athlete and
    they cheat as much as they think they can get away with…oh, I have liked
    the Celtics since Larry Bird,that and I have family in Boston

    ,On Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 10:34 AM, Disqus <

  • BGleas

    I'm with you on Calpipari and Sampson as well. I mentioned in another thread that I don't get why so many of the top recruits seem to think that Cal and his system are the way to the NBA. Name me one good NBA player from Cal between Camby and Rose, and they're like 12 years apart.

    Nice, I was born in Boston and worked in the C's PR department for 5 years. Big fan, love the city.

  • slojoe

    Irving is an elite prospect and programs will be willing to wait for him. The early signing period is in Nov., and he has not taken any official visits, yet. He has taken some unofficials. He says he is going to schedule 5 unofficials (max. allowable) far apart then make a decision. He has also said that if he makes a visit and everything is right, he will commit.

  • slojoe

    Irving is an elite prospect and programs will be willing to wait for him. The early signing period is in Nov., and he has not taken any official visits, yet. He has taken some unofficials. He says he is going to schedule 5 unofficials (max. allowable) far apart then make a decision. He has also said that if he makes a visit and everything is right, he will commit.

  • Sallad

    Agree completely, Kelin. Even if it's just Irving and Williams in our 2010 class (Though I'd love to get Ferguson somehow, too), I think he'll be a big addition who'll stick around beyond just a year.

  • pacino

    Im hearing David Williams is playing bad.

  • BobbyDigital

    Where did you hear that?

    I'm not saying you're wrong, just wondering.

  • pacino

    I will try and find the website. It was a Florida high school preps AAU blog.

  • Phillip

    peegs has commented on his not to stellar performance as well – think its pretty much a common fact

  • Phillip

    peegs has commented on his not to stellar performance as well – think its pretty much a common fact

  • Kelin Blab

    Here is an interesting point as you listen to quotes of many of the kids we are recruiting……I have heard Irving, carlino, and D. Will (David Williams new nickname) mention their interest in IU's academic programs and long term goals…………..This is the type of conversation I want to hear from IU recruits that we have not heard in awhile….

  • indiana52

    Do you think Coach Crean might be telling recruits upfront , Student 1st bb player 2nd. Unlike a couple of programs a little to the south of us. I don`t have a problem taking players that need help in the classroom if they are willing to work at it.

  • Kelin Blab

    Here is an interesting point as you listen to quotes of many of the kids we are recruiting……I have heard Irving, carlino, and D. Will (David Williams new nickname) mention their interest in IU's academic programs and long term goals…………..This is the type of conversation I want to hear from IU recruits that we have not heard in awhile….

  • brucew

    Do you think Coach Crean might be telling recruits upfront , Student 1st bb player 2nd. Unlike a couple of programs a little to the south of us. I don`t have a problem taking players that need help in the classroom if they are willing to work at it.