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Top Cavalier picks decide to continue college courses rather than go overseas

Aug 29, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

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According to Scott Sargent of Waiting For Next Year, the Cavaliers’ top two picks have chosen to stay on their respective college campuses for now rather than go overseas in search of a payday. Here’s the story:

“Just picked out my classes for this fall,” tweeted one Kyrie Irving, first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. “Back to school it is!!!”

Such is the life for a rookie in a league that has ceased operation. Irving, who’s father insists that a one-and-done career path was not in the cards one year earlier, will go back to Duke University and take coursework like many other 19-year-olds within the same institution. While others within Irving’s freshly acquired peer group are fielding offers from potential overseas employers, he and his teammate Tristan Thompson are opting to continue their education while they wait out the current impasse that is the NBA and their labor negotiations.

Irving was taken 1st overall by the Cavaliers, and Thompson was taken with the 4th overall pick. According to the article, Thompson is staying in classes in order to prepare for life after basketball, and Irving plans on being at Duke in the summers and being around the campus “as much as he can.”

It seems like this lockout would be tougher than the league’s rookies than anybody else, as they will almost certainly miss the pre-season work that is so critical to get before their first NBA games. Still, Irving and Thompson appear to be keeping their heads on their shoulders, and more schooling is almost never a bad thing in the long run.

  1. emerson12345 - Aug 29, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    i would rather have my top pick playing every pick game he can with NBA stars like Derrick Williams is…. the college education isn’t going to do squat for a kid picked in the first round…. i mean how is a bachelors degree going to help you after basketball…???? get in the GYM Kyrie and work off some of the 10.5 % body fat you have.

    • stayhigh_247 - Aug 29, 2011 at 11:24 PM

      thats dumb on so many levels!

    • goforthanddie - Aug 30, 2011 at 1:12 AM

      Only a true moron questions someone else’s desire to get an education.
      PS: Duke does have a gym and weights and stuff. I’m betting he can get access. And I’m sure K would like having his team scrimmage with the #1 overall pick.
      PPS: Maybe you’re right. After re-reading that slop you posted, maybe Irving should be sending you to school instead.

      • emerson12345 - Aug 30, 2011 at 3:52 PM

        that was a sloppy message… i was typing on my phone and didn’t care to clean it up sorry… this one will be just as bad im sure

        here is my point… the average male with a bachelors degree makes $51,000 (as of 2009).. Kyrie is a sophomore…so he has 3-4 years of college left and that is if..IF he is taking a full load.

        is common knowledge that the hardest thing to do in basketball is to come from college and play the point. Kyrie played just a handful of games in college…. is not in NBA shape… and need to focus on the job he has been hired to do. There are a ton of pickup games and league games being played all over the world…and this kid is missing out…what he should be doing is playing with the best in the world …or at the very least his team… not running pickup games vs. 18-19 year olds at duke.

        or soon he might just be using that Bachelors degree

  2. 1historian - Aug 29, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    smart move kid – best of luck to you!!!

  3. stayhigh_247 - Aug 29, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    if more guys followed this path, there might not be stories of washed players shooting mothers of 4…..anybody that thinks going to school is a bad move is a moron!

  4. dysraw1 - Aug 30, 2011 at 2:30 AM

    what an inteligent way to spend your time & stay out of trouble good for you.

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