Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 at 6:44 pm  |  30 responses

Kyrie Irving to Enter NBA Draft

After spending an unfortunately huge amount of his freshman year stuck on the sideline, Duke guard Kyrie Irving has his sights set on the League. Via Yahoo! Sports: “Point guard Kyrie Irving is leaving Duke after one season to enter the NBA draft. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement issued Wednesday by the school that Irving plans to hire an agent, ending his college career. ‘Our whole program is overjoyed with having Kyrie here for one year and that he has the chance now to pursue a dream of being a high draft pick and a great player in the NBA,’ Krzyzewski said. ‘We are totally supportive of Kyrie, his family and his decision. We look forward to continuing to work with him during the upcoming months leading to his entry into the NBA and afterwards while he is an NBA player.’ Irving played only 11 games and missed roughly two-thirds of the season with an injured big toe on his right foot. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 17.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists for top-seeded Duke, which was upset by Arizona in the West regional semifinals.”

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  • jarrett

    yess! essex county in the building. For all of those who were speculating, word around town in Newark highshcools last year was that dude said he was going one and done. He told this to his step-brother i’m told. thats inside information

  • Jono

    Aussies representing!

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Dear Kyrie,

    Go pro.

    Declare for the NBA draft, hire an agent, pick out a nice suit and start practicing to look surprised when your name is one of the first to be called by Commissioner David Stern in June.
    Sure, some of the Cameron Crazies will implore you to consider your legacy as a Blue Devil, to remember the history of the great Duke players before you who went on to successful NBA careers.
    Don’t follow in the footsteps of William Avery, you’ll be warned; he made the wise decision to leave Duke after his sophomore year, and use the NBA as a stepping stone to an illustrious career in Europe. Don’t let those comparisons get you down, though, even if Avery did get the privilege of watching from the sidelines as his former college teammates celebrated a national championship.
    Plus, sticking around and winning a fifth national title for the Blue Devils is just selfish, even if you haven’t ever won one yourself. Think about it: Cameron is already full of national championship banners, and adding one of your own would ruin the symmetry in the rafters. Sure, you’ll give up your chance to be remembered as one of Duke’s all-time greatest basketball players, but I bet if you asked Christian Laettner, he would tell you that fans don’t remember collegiate legacies anyway.
    And if you’re still not convinced, remember that if you go pro, you might not even have to play next year! Who really wants to play, anyway?
    I look forward to your announcement, even if you ignore my advice and stay in school, er, I mean, go pro.
    Chris Cusack

    Dear Chris Cusack,

    Eat a d*ck.
    Kyrie Irving.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Nice. Now for the Raptors to win that lottery…. LOL

  • Raeniel

    Holy I hope the Raptors nab him!

  • Kiriona

    Is Chris Cusack, Jennifer Taylor?

  • bigslim31

    @Jarrett – no, I’m pretty sure everyone who follows high school / college basketball knew he would be one and done. HAHAHA how are you gonna come out after he declares and give some “inside” info that is a year old. Typical New Jersey, armpit of America.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL who the f*ck is Chris Cusack?

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    Good news for Austin Rivers, Duke is his team now.

  • Shem


  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    @Teddy – a student-writer for the Duke Chronicle.
    Google “An Open Letter to Kyrie Irving”.
    This is gonna get ugly. Duke stans go nucking futs when a guy goes one-and-done.
    “How dare they leave this holy institution to go be a millionaire!”

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    The Raptors would be the best place for Irving to suceed (individually. he won’s have much team success with the Raps).
    Washington has Wall.
    Milwaukee has Jennings.
    Utah (they own the Nets’ pick) has Devin Harris.
    Cleveland would have to find a way to get rid of Baron Davis and his huge contract.
    Minnesota is still waiting on their Spanish Fly PG.
    Sacramento…errr…Anaheim might still want to use Reke Havoc at the 1.
    Detroit might still have Stuckey. If not, either way they have way too many guards.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    I don’t blame you, Kyrie.
    I’m sure Cusack would ditch school if he had a legit million dollar offer at the largest publishing company on this planet.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    A Kyrie Reke backcourt would look really nice…might be a great way to quickly energize the Anaheim fan base…

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Hope you like Hot in Cleveland, Kyrie.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Dear kyrie,

    I wanted to congratulate you on your decision to declare for the draft! What an exciting time and special occasion for you and your family. I recommend the 3 or 4 button design, slim fit suit in either charcoal or gun metal, don’t go pin stripe but do go neutral tones for your tie. 3 piece optional. This will look really good with your Minnesota T-Wolves cap and after your rookie contract is up and your out of the league due to injury the suit will work really well down at the local Toyota Car Yard.
    All the best once more to you and your family and here’s hoping that a degree and college education is over rated after all!
    Your Friend and colleague,
    Greg Oden.

  • http://dude Chukaz

    I don’t think he’s gonna be anything special. He’s not much of an athlete and seems like more of a scoring guard than a passing guard. He’s making the right decision. When you can get like 30 mil guaranteed you take it. There’s no way he’s a #1 pick any other year. Not a chance.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Go get him Cavs.

  • Anthony

    as kid from plainfield .. its gud 2 see someone from jersey go 2 da lg.. especially someone u played agasinst

  • dsleepy

    @Dacre, you just kind of bummed me out a little bit. that being said, I read somewhere that the average American with a college degree will make just a little over $2 million in his/her entire lifetime. if the kid can go get that in just his first year of playing pro ball, why woud you discourage that? it’s true that in case of injury, he does have to be smart about his money (which young players usually aren’t) but hey he has a once-in-a-lifetime chance that not everybody gets. the real reason you even GET a college degree? to have even a shadow of the earnings potential that he already has. irving, go get your money kid.

  • Mike From Spain

    @dsleepy, I agree, he could always net 10 million from playing in the NBA a few years and retire from pro ball and get a college degree for the hell of it if he wishes later… but if he does not go pro and finishes a degree now the opposite might not be possible.

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    i feel he is going to be an above average point man in the nba.. not on the same level as drose, cp3, rondo, williams, or jwall, but still good.. sactown would be wise to snatch him up if they get the first pick

  • RunNGun

    I’m going to make a bold prediction now. Minnesota gets the #1 pick this year and the Timberwolves select Kyrie Irving. Who made it happen… Walsh’s protege, Kaaaaaaaahn!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    If the T-Wolves get the #1 pick, I still see them picking Kyrie just as insurance. And if Cleveland picks up Kyrie, they’ll sure as hell firesell Baron Davis for just about anything. Which would proooobably be somewhat the same with the Raptors and Calderon…

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    My post didn’t show? Basically, if the T-Wolves win the number #1 pick, I still see them drafting Kyrie just as insurance. If Cleveland gets Kyrie, I can see them trying to firesell Baron Davis as soon as possible. Which is proooobably what the Raptors would do with Calderon…

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    Raptors baby

  • darkside

    Thats all good for kyrie but as a coach I would have like to see him do a least two years and get his stock up. Lets remember people 11 games thats it. Im not saying he’s not good and we don’t know his family situation but he got a full ride from the blue devils. All I’m simply saying is sometimes the jump is’nt benificial to the player ie…Jay who also played for duke..

  • bike

    I hope he is not leaving because of the Fab Five Uncle Tom controversy.

  • RunNGun

    @darkside Kyrie is the consensus #1 pick. His stock can’t get any higher. Normally, I’d like to see the guy stay but an NBA career is a chance in a lifetime; only a select few can be in the NBA. School will always be there for him. And for the rest of us, staying in school and working a 9-5 is the grind.. And I wouldn’t compare him to J-Will; he messed up his NBA career over a motorcycle.

  • darkside

    @RunNGun You’re absolutly correct he is a top pick but I trully believe he can get better, come on man 11 games if that be the case he should have jump from H.S. OK then Omar Cook all I’m saying is we watch these all-americans play H.S and college ball for one year they enter the draft early then they come to realize they made a bad decision so to the D-league they go. Then before you know it there boucing a ball in the euro league. OK yea there getting paid but no where near what they probably would with a little more coaching. Me personally think recruits should do two years. Heres a question for you RunNGun How much do you think Kyrie really learn by setting on the pine? ONLY 11 GAMES DUDE THAT”S ALL!