Report: IU and Duke will get official visits from Irving

  • 08/11/2009 10:47 pm in

After a glowing performance at the Nike Global Challenge in Oregon this past weekend, St. Patrick’s (NJ) point guard Kyrie Irving revealed on Tuesday to Dave Telep of Scout.com that he will take an official visit to Indiana.

Irving, the MVP of the Nike Global Challenge, has already visited Bloomington twice and now the Hoosiers will get an official visit this fall.

The point guard’s first look at Assembly Hall was last fall for IU’s season opening win over Northwestern State. More recently, Irving’s New Jersey Roadrunners participated in the adidas May Classic the weekend of May 15-17.

According to Telep’s report, Irving will also visit Duke and is still contemplating visits to the other schools on his list, which includes Virginia, Texas A&M, Seton Hall, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Connecticut.

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  • BaseballBuc

    This is good. He will get a look at the new renovations. I think IU is in a really good position to land Irving. By the Way Bawa is in Bloomington, although he is not cleared he expects to be eventually according to his guardian Brian Privett.

  • Taskmaster75

    I heard that his performance at the Nike tournament may put him as the #1 PG in the class. They see he utterly wrecked everyone.

  • kylehornsbyrules

    Kyrie is the second coming of Isiah

  • southsidehitmen

    haha…Rick Pitino

  • Kelin Blab

    That Rick Pitino news cannot bode well for him…..did you hear that Mr. Teague? C'mon we are right up the street………

    Kyrie Make your plans for Hoosier Hysteria, Tom Crean may not have to say much, let the crowd do the recruiting……

  • because it's Indiana

    Attention Louisville recruits: Think twice when Rick Pitino asks if “you have any plans for dinner.”

  • psvirsky

    Do we think timing is important at all? Is there any chance he visits one school and loves it so much that he doesn't even go to the other? Should we be excited if he comes to IU first? He seems like he's got a good head on his shoulders and is unlikely to make a rash decision. However, if he is leaning in one direction – say he really likes IU but just wants to get a better feel – is there a chance he could commit after just one visit? Either way, this is definitely exciting and a fun thing to keep an eye on. We've taken some steps in the right direction, getting Irving would be our first huge step on a national stage.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Love it. I continue to worry about Creek and Bawa. Baseball Buc, I am glad he is on campus but I would love to hear they have been cleared. The longer it gets drawn out, the more I worry.

    If anyone is interested, I have a blog going. http://thehoosiersportspage.blogspot.com. Right now, I am focusing on college football but I will be covering everything. If you have a minute, register to be a follower. Thanks guys.

  • plane1972

    Can someone explain the difference between official and unofficial visits? Are there differences in what the NCAA will allow a university to do/provide with one versus the other? Are we allowed more or less contact on one vs. the other?

  • tomcreansdietcoke

    the same thought had crossed my mind!

  • windycityhoosiers

    If we want to really get a look into what Mr. Irving is thinking about his collegiate decision, wait until the dates of these visits come out. I will throw this out for discussion, but let's say that Kyrie will make visit Indiana and Duke lastly (I think any other school that he may visit will be in line before IU and Duke) so where would you want to fall in the order, after Duke? or before Duke? Personally, I think Kyrie will visit Duke first then Indiana. I would be worried if Kyrie didn't commit upon his visit at IU or a day or two later.

  • tomcreansdietcoke

    Unofficial Visits are any visit to a college campus paid for by the player and/or parents. The ONLY expense a student may receive is three complementary admissions to a home contest. Unofficial visits can occur at any time, regardless of class.

    Official visits are regulated by the NCAA so each athlete can only take 5 official visits throughout the recruiting process, which are restricted by dates and can only be used during the player's senior year of high school. The main difference is that college programs pay for the athlete to take that official visit.

    As far as contact, I don't think there are too many restrictions. It's really just a matter of the player going out of his way to come see the school or the school providing an all expense paid tour.

  • GFDave

    I definitely want Irving to visit IU first. It gives Crean a chance to sweep him off his feet and get him to commit before he visits Duke.

  • BGleas

    I agree Dave. I also think if you're the first visit your attention is most likely 100% on that school. If you're the second visit then the recruit is probably in “compare” mode while on the trip. Makes a slight, but maybe important difference.

  • Diesel

    Like you said, he's a smart kid and I believe he will definetely visit both IU and Duke without making a quick decision. Given that, I'd like to see him visit IU last, particularly back for Midnight Madness. (“Duke….what Duke?….no one at Duke was chanting: Kyrie – Irving – clapp – clapp – clapp clapp clapp) I'd like to have the lasting impression in his mind as he is considering his decision.

  • psvirsky

    Definitely – getting a Kyrie Irving chant going at Midnight Madness could seal the deal. Gotta love that sort of thing.

  • hoosierodi

    I have been on the Duke Campus for their basketball camp and looking and comparing campuses and basing decisions off that i would deffinately choose indiana's. I hope Kyrie is the same way because he has been my favorite recruit since last year, i couldnt imagine not getting him.

  • jgongora86

    Ok you guys if you want me to I'll go to duke when irving goes and dress in my full hoosier attire and sing the indiana fight song. YOu think that could sway him? We really need this guy.

  • Kelin Blab

    I think there is a possibility Ricky P could be on thin ice.

    I hope Kyrie Irving comes to midnight madness and really get a sense of IU. It is one thing to hear about the fan support from Crean, but I think the fans can seal the deal. I read a great article on how KI has acknowledged Crean has been on him the longest and he noticed IU's efforts….I don't think there is much else to be said by the staff but plenty to be said by hoosiernation!

    KI if you are reading…..Hoosier Hysteria is the place to be….ask Eric Gordon….

  • Kelin Blab

    Did anyone see this on creek, sounds like he plans to be at IU on 8/23
    http://www.i95ballerz.com/story%20-%20mo%20cree

  • MillaRed

    Wasn't Teague leaning toward Louiville? Hasn't Pitino been, well, misbehaving (politely put). Will this affect Teagues recruiting? Why aren't we talking about this?

  • Official visits are when the university pays expenses for the visit. IU flies them in, puts them up in a hotel, gives them free tickets, feeds them, and gives a current player some money to entertain them (movie, bowling, etc.). Official visits can only last 48 hours. A recruit can only take 5 official visits, and in basketball a school can only offer 12 official visits per year.

    During an unofficial visit, the recruit pays all their own expenses except for free admission to an athletics event. Coaches can have unlimited contact on campus, but would use an off-campus contact if they go off campus. Other student-athletes cannot have any contact off-campus on an unofficial visit.

  • JerryCT

    Let's see:

    o George O'Leary gets fired at ND for puffing his resume 30 years ago

    o Larry Eustachy gets fired for drinking with the students and some are girls

    o RMKnight gets fired for telling a dumb shit to call him Mr Knight

    I guess a coach like Pitino is …..well………priceless

  • Diesel

    Agreed, perhaps they'll push back his recruiting process another month until things cool down. I just have never gotten the feel that he is high on IU, unfortunately.

  • Notanidiotfan

    Not that I excuse Rick Pitinos actions, but he is not the first to have sex outside of marriage nor pay for an abortion. I don’t think that dis-qualifies him from being a good Basketball coach; however, it does put him into deep water with the people who never make mistakes. Now having said that, it does give IU a chance to capitalize on his mistake with the UL recruits. You hear that LN players…..

  • roninjeffersonville

    Tonight Alex wrote this on twitter about Pitino:” What's worse? NCAA violations or adultery? I'm going with the latter.” Alex I agree with you, if my son was going to collage, I would hope the coach has some type of morals
    The Demling had an article about how Shawn Teague Has ” No qualms with Pitino” This article is interesting reading. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/3PRFwN
    Last I want to bring up what Coach Crean said on May 2,2008 To Hoosiernation.com:
    “Our staff is going to ensure that anyone who attends this university and wears the Indiana uniform will make this privilege among the highest priorities and not treat the opportunity as an entitlement,” Crean said.
    “Before you build a team, you need to develop a family,” Crean said. “ Link:Scout.com: Thomas Dismissed, Ellis and Bassett Also Gone

    The reason I bring all this up is two fold: First, to KI. We are family, if you come to IU. You will be welcome in any city in Indiana. You will be rebuilding something that is very dear to us.
    Second. How much are we willing to give up to get a good player like Marquis Teaque. Has anyone seen the movie “Blue Chips”. I feel the dad is pulling the strings, and he is holding out for the best offer. A new house, car. The whole article from Demling bothers me. Maybe his son should follow Ferguson to FIU.
    Am I the only one surprised to hear we made the List for R. Christmas?

  • Kelin Blab

    You are correct sir! Teague has pushed back his decision til 'whenever'. His dad say it could be a week, a month, or whenever they want to see how things play out and take some unnofficial visits. The longer he waits the more I think Jeremiah Davis will head to IU….

  • Kelin Blab

    I am absolutely surprised by the R. Christmas thing because I had never heard of the kid and he is over 6'2. I think the longer teague waits, the more J.Davis is going to pull the trigger and be our 2011 guard. I also think Pitino very well may be gone this year or next year….

  • BFowler

    Let me be your first vote! Put it on You Tube if you can! I think Coach K's security detail would make sure you would be no where near Kyrie at the time, but I would absolutely love to see it.

  • because it's Indiana

    Good link KB. What's with the “everyone thinks we have no talent” comment? Recruiting class is top 10 and may even be underrated in my opinion. Glad to see Creek isn't buying into that thinking. If he becomes “a marked man” Watford will light em' up. I'm all for a pick your poison team developing. Some seasoning for this year's class and then KI in 2010….could be banner talk for 2011.

  • tomcreansdietcoke

    Nice find kelin. Anyone think that Creek missing all of summer conditioning and time to bond with his teammates is going to affect him? Him working out with Kevin Durant made it a lot easier to tolerate his absence.

  • tomcreansdietcoke

    Not to bring up old memories, but did everyone see that Brandon McGee was 'dismissed' from the Auburn bball team? http://blogs.heraldtimesonline.com/iusp/?p=4135

    Both him and Bassett were dismissed from DI teams. And from what I've heard DeAndre Thomas wasn't listed on the Robert Morris (Chicago) roster throughout his entire senior year. As much as I loved those guys while they were here, all i can say now is wow. I thought they would have learned a lesson from the whole Samson situation.

  • I don't think Bassett was ever officially dismissed from UAB. He transferred mid-year and should be eligible to play in January at Ohio. He left amid a bunch of controversy at UAB, but I know for sure he wasn't listed as one of the players who was academically ineligible.

  • psvirsky

    Yeah great find indeed. I feel a lot better seeing that. At least now we have something to look for. Without that I really felt lost in terms of what to wait on, look for, etc. Good to have it.

    It does suck a little to not have Creek around for conditioning and bonding, but of all the incoming guys, he is probably the best able to deal with that. He is a year older than most guys. He's not super strong but he's not rail thin either. He seems like an engaging hard worker so the guys should like him right away. And hell, if a guy is not going to be on campus, we might as well have him working out with Durant. I mean really, that's a great way to grow as a player.

    Counting down to the 23rd?

  • because it's Indiana

    Love this quote from Adrian Wojnowarski at Yahoo Sports:

    As a college coach, Pitino’s ability to produce NBA players has become suspect. He convinces recruits he’ll prepare them for the pros, but he never took a Dwyane Wade(notes) – as Indiana’s Tom Crean did at Marquette – and made him a superstar. Maybe Louisville keeps Pitino, maybe the president buckles to public pressure and makes him take a sabbatical. Whatever happens, no one believed Pitino’s promise to stay at Louisville as long as they’ll have him.

  • roninjeffersonville

    Here is a link I just found. Do you see a message here about KI? Link: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/th

  • roninjeffersonville

    I agree with the part that says we ALL make mistakes. A coach represent a collage. His actions reflect on the collage. What kinda message is Louisville sending if they keep him?
    For a parent to condone what Pitino done is saying it is ok. A coach should not only teach basketball, but also have morals .
    Again, I agree with what Alex said on Twitter: What's worse? NCAA violations or adultery? I'm going with the latter.

  • psvirsky

    Also, the Basketblog is “reporting” that Irving's facebook status says something about heading to Bloomington next week. I'm almost ready to breathe easily

  • tomcreansdietcoke

    I'm not sure how close they are now, but Teague's father played for Pitino back when he was coaching at Boston U. Unless they bring sanctions against the Louisville program, I doubt Teague's dad would think badly of his former coach. I've already accepted that Teague is going to UofL. With several of their primary recruits committing to other schools, they are surely going to go all out on the remaining ones.

  • tomcreansdietcoke

    I am total agreement with you Not.. His personal life shouldn't affect his professional career. Also, there are two sides to this story. This all happened 6 years ago and, from what I've heard, he came clean with his family back when it happened. The only reason it is an issue is because the woman tried to extort money from him. When that failed she decided to accuse him of rape 6 years later?

    I'm not condoning his actions in any way, but after making the immoral mistake he did, he came clean. When she tried to bribe him, he appropriately went to the police to stay away from it. And then he apologized to everyone for it. Yes, coaches reflect the school and set examples, but didn't he set a good example in correcting his mistake? I just don't see the need to fire him for it, but Im not a UofL fan.

  • Diesel

    I don't think he should be fired and we all make mistakes, and I think he has done a good job trying to make the situation right, but I disagree with your statement that his personal life shouldn't affect his professional career. I guess we kind of had a similar discussion with the Isaiah Thomas thing. It has to, otherwise he wouldn't be explaining things to his recruits about what happened. Your personal life or persona is who you are, you can't separate that from being a coach, and if you can your a fake.

    We've got one guy tweeting about how important his wife is, “the family hero” (our beloved CTC) and another commiting adultery.

    Finally, was listening to the “Lock it up” session on Zaban this morning and someone predicted that another woman would come forward in the next 2 weeks with a similar accusation against Pitino. That would make things very interesting……

  • I found this blog that maybe Kyrie's teammate, Josh Selby, is suggesting that IU is still heavily favored. He cuts Kyrie off in an interview listing his favorites and says,” The “I” word.” Perhaps talking about “I”ndiana. We can only hope.

    http://www.zagsblog.com/2009/08/13/irving-selby

  • roninjeffersonville

    Let me first say :I am not trying to bash anyone. But people in Pitino position are treated as role models to our kids. What kinda message are we sending if we condone this.
    Second has everyone forgot, HE OUTRIGHT LIED IN THE BEGINNING. Saying he didn't ever know this lady. If someone lies about anything, how much more is he lying about
    Let me put this question out there. If this was Coach Crean, would we condone it after what we went though with denim shirt?

  • tomcreansdietcoke

    I'm not sure how close they are now, but Teague's father played for Pitino back when he was coaching at Boston U. Unless they bring sanctions against the Louisville program, I doubt Teague's dad would think badly of his former coach. I've already accepted that Teague is going to UofL. With several of their primary recruits committing to other schools, they are surely going to go all out on the remaining ones.

  • tomcreansdietcoke

    I am total agreement with you Not.. His personal life shouldn't affect his professional career. Also, there are two sides to this story. This all happened 6 years ago and, from what I've heard, he came clean with his family back when it happened. The only reason it is an issue is because the woman tried to extort money from him. When that failed she decided to accuse him of rape 6 years later?

    I'm not condoning his actions in any way, but after making the immoral mistake he did, he came clean. When she tried to bribe him, he appropriately went to the police to stay away from it. And then he apologized to everyone for it. Yes, coaches reflect the school and set examples, but didn't he set a good example in correcting his mistake? I just don't see the need to fire him for it, but Im not a UofL fan.

  • Diesel

    I don't think he should be fired and we all make mistakes, and I think he has done a good job trying to make the situation right, but I disagree with your statement that his personal life shouldn't affect his professional career. I guess we kind of had a similar discussion with the Isaiah Thomas thing. It has to, otherwise he wouldn't be explaining things to his recruits about what happened. Your personal life or persona is who you are, you can't separate that from being a coach, and if you can your a fake.

    We've got one guy tweeting about how important his wife is, “the family hero” (our beloved CTC) and another commiting adultery.

    Finally, was listening to the “Lock it up” session on Zaban this morning and someone predicted that another woman would come forward in the next 2 weeks with a similar accusation against Pitino. That would make things very interesting……

  • I found this blog that maybe Kyrie's teammate, Josh Selby, is suggesting that IU is still heavily favored. He cuts Kyrie off in an interview listing his favorites and says,” The “I” word.” Perhaps talking about “I”ndiana. We can only hope.

    http://www.zagsblog.com/2009/08/13/irving-selby

  • roninjeffersonville

    Let me first say :I am not trying to bash anyone. But people in Pitino position are treated as role models to our kids. What kinda message are we sending if we condone this.
    Second has everyone forgot, HE OUTRIGHT LIED IN THE BEGINNING. Saying he didn't ever know this lady. If someone lies about anything, how much more is he lying about
    Let me put this question out there. If this was Coach Crean, would we condone it after what we went though with denim shirt?