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.”
The surprise commitment of David Williams has left many Indiana fans trying to figure out the recruiting plan for the 2010 class. A quick glance at our scholarship numbers page shows two available spots for the 2010 class. (Three if IU wishes to oversign by one.) There’s a camp that believes that IU could hold a couple of spots for the loaded 2011 class and there are those who believe the Hoosiers will fill the two remaining spots.
Here’s a look at the names IU is recruiting for 2010:
— Kyrie Irving – Irving tops the wishlist for Indiana and several other schools because he is a versatile point guard who has the ability to make others around him better. He prominently mentions IU when speaking about his recruitment and has developed a strong relationship with Tom Crean and Roshown McLeod. Scout.com recently moved him into the top 10 of the 2010 class. IU fans will likely have a chance to see Irving in a couple of weeks as his New Jersey Roadrunners team is expected at the Adidas May Classic. Consider him the top priority in Indiana’s recruiting efforts.
— Moses Morgan – Michigan was reportedly the school to beat for Morgan until IU made a recent push for the Las Vegas guard and now the Hoosiers could be in the driver’s seat. The son of Anderson-Madison Heights product and former IU player Winston Morgan is among the top 75 players in 2010 according to Rivals.com. Jerry Meyer recently called Morgan “a physical wing prospect with a game ready for the rigors of college basketball.” Morgan plans to visit Bloomington in June.
St. Patrick’s (NJ) guard Kyrie Irving still has a sizeable list of schools to sort through — ten to be exact — but the good news for the IU coaching staff is that the Hoosiers appear to be in excellent shape.
Irving, who sat out the first part of this past high school season due to transfer rules, is viewed as one of the top priorities in the 2010 class and told Adam Zagoria of the Zagsblog that IU will definitely get a visit this summer:
Irving listed the following schools in a text message Tuesday morning: Georgia Tech, Duke, Indiana, Seton Hall, Texas A&M, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Florida, Marquette and Kentucky.
Noticeably absent were Rutgers, Villanova and UConn.
Irving will also take a couple of visits this summer.
“I’m taking one to Texas A&M and one to Indiana,” Irving said. “I don’t know the dates.”
One school to keep an eye on with Irving is Kentucky. Rod Strickland, who was recently named the Director of Basketball Operations in Lexington, is a close family friend.