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Report: Duke’s Kyrie Irving likely to enter NBA draft

Apr 1, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT


Duke’s Kyrie Irving missed most of the college season with a foot injury, came back in the NCAA Tournament and quickly established himself as the best player on the Blue Devil team again.

That was good enough for scouts — he is pretty much the consensus No. 1. He’s the one guy in this draft Jonathan Givony of Draft Express says could be a franchise changer (in a good way, don’t worry some GMs will find some franchise changers of the other kind in this draft). Irving has the complete game you want in a point guard.

And it looks like he is going to enter the draft, reports Chad Ford at ESPN’s draft blog.

We should be getting updates soon from a number of the top underclassmen. Sources say Kyrie Irving is leaning strongly toward declaring for the NBA Draft and should be making an announcement soon. Ditto for Baylor’s Perry Jones, UConn’s Kemba Walker and Kentucky’s Terrence Jones.

Duke fans can say Irving should get a full year of college ball if they want, but the fact is if you are going to be the top overall pick (or even are in the lottery) you make the move and go pro.

That said, the coming lockout is the big issue. Enter the draft, get picked, then you will sit and wait around until the labor situation is resolved. Which could be into the NBA season. Then when things start up training camps will be reduced in time, so there will be less time to learn the team’s system and adjust to the NBA game.

The lockout may keep some players in school. But apparently not Irving.

  1. dysraw1 - Apr 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    word to the wise, no lockout. owners share the wealth, players be flexible. lets have a season next year .

  2. zblott - Apr 1, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Irving has to go now considering he’ll be the #1 pick. He’s already had one extended injury – anything less than perfect health next year and his stock drops significantly.

    Perry Jones – hahahaha – now that’s underachieving talent if I’ve ever seen it (lead his non-tourney team in nothing stat-wise, his team underachieved big-time just like his high school teams).

    • hihoops80 - Apr 1, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      Dude, what is your beef with Perry Jones? Did he not grant you an interview or something? I’ve seen your name on other message boards talking smack about this kid. Sure he has room to grow, but so does everyone else that may enter the draft. The draft is about potential and he has plenty of it.

      • zblott - Apr 1, 2011 at 5:09 PM

        Not sure if you pay attention to the type of players who make it in the NBA and those who don’t, but players whose teams consistently underachieve AND who don’t post good stats or efficiencies in doing so tend to not make it. Find me the last player who fit this description and was a key piece in helping his team win in the NBA. Good luck on that mission.

  3. nybri - Apr 1, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Chad Ford’s source on Kyrie is probably Roy Williams. Wishful thinking. Let’s wait until we hear from Kyrie himself.

  4. ww2chas - Apr 1, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Didn’t this kid get (and sign) a 4 year scholorship to Duke? Oh yea, he was getting ready to be an NBA player whee if you sign a 4 year contract and in the 2nd year you have an outstanding year you then go to the GM and demand more money!!
    I think that athletes (and for all that matters, anybody who attends college) who receive scholorships should not receive that money until they graduate! There are too many of them who opt out after going for only part of their time.
    I’m sure Coach K is real happy (NOT)!!!

    • zblott - Apr 1, 2011 at 5:06 PM

      Their scholarships are 1-year renewables; the school or the kid can opt out at the end of any year.

  5. tyler08 - Apr 1, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Yeah and two weeks ago Kurt Helin thought his name was KYLE Irving. Don’t think he got it right this time either.

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 1, 2011 at 5:04 PM

      Tyler08, that was actually an MS Word spell check mistake, which I fixed when it was pointed out. I make mistakes, I admit them, I try to correct them.

      Note that in this case I am quoting Chad Ford of ESPN. However, nobody around the NBA thinks Irving is staying. Sorry.

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