Cavs Earn No. 1 Pick & Right to Kyrie Irving


Nearly a year after losing LeBron James to “The Decision,” the Cleveland Cavaliers got a major boost Tuesday night when they won the No. 1 pick in the June 23 NBA Draft.

The Cavs will likely choose between Duke freshman point guard Kyrie Irving and Arizona sophomore forward Derrick Williams.

“I have no idea where I’m going to end up at but where ever I go I will be grateful for the opportunity to play in the NBA!” Tweeted Irving, the West Orange, N.J. native who spent one injury-plagued season at Duke. To read more of this story, click here

Coach K: 'Carolina is Loaded'

LINDEN, N.J. — While Duke was the preseason No. 1 team in the nation and a popular pick to win the NCAA Tournament last season, North Carolina will take over that role in many people’s eyes this year.

Count Coach K in that group.

“Coming back, they’re loaded,” Mike Krzyzewski said of the Tar Heels on Monday after making an appearance at Myles J. McManus Middle School to promote the Ticket to Reading Rewards (TTRR) program.

North Carolina brings back Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller, all of whom opted to remain in school instead of heading into the NBA Draft. To read more of this story, click here

Bill Self Checks in on Daniels, Traylor; Ajayi to Wyoming

Kansas coach Bill Self was at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., Wednesday to watch both DeAndre Daniels and Jamari Traylor, according to head coach Andy Borman.

Kansas is involved with both players.

Daniels’ had a death in the family, however, and he will be unable to play in Friday’s Derby Festival in Louisville, and will put his recruitment on the back burner for now, sources said. To read more of this story, click here

Rivers Looking Forward to Playing With Murphy at Duke

BOSTON – Incoming Duke guard Austin Rivers is looking forward to playing with forward Alex Murphy this season instead of next.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Rivers said by text. “I’m very excited to get to have another top play-maker with me. He only makes us better. Unselfish player! He’s a ‘we-first’ before ‘me-first’ type of guy. And simply just has game.”

The 6-foot-4 Rivers has played with the 6-8 Murphy at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 event.

Rivers and Murphy will be joined in the Duke 2011 class by point guard Quinn Cook, center Marshall Plumlee and wing Michael Gbjinije. To read more of this story, click here

Daniels Enjoys Duke Visit

BOSTON — DeAndre Daniels is back from his Duke visit and could be approaching a decision.

The 6-foot-8 wing from IMG Academies visited Duke this past weekend for “Senior Night.”

“From everything I’ve heard, he had a really good visit,” IMG Academies coach Andy Borman told SNY.tv Monday. To read more of this story, click here

Duke, Kentucky Recruits Light Up Hoop Summit

Two future Duke players and a pair of Kentucky signees showed a glimpse of the talents they will bring to their future schools at the Nike Hoop Summit.

During a 92-80 win over the World Select Team Saturday night at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., the USA was led by 20 points from Duke-bound guard Austin Rivers.

The USA also received a double-double of 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots from 6-9 Kentucky commit Anthony Davis; 16 points, five rebounds and five blocks To read more of this story, click here

Duke's Irving Declares for Draft

Kyrie Irving will enter the 2011 NBA Draft with plans to hire an agent, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Wednesday.

DraftExpress.com projects the 6-foot-2 West Orange, N.J. native as the No. 1 overall pick in the June 23 draft in Newark.

One veteran NBA scout, however, told SNY.tv he would choose Arizona’s Derrick Williams with the No. 1 pick.

“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 in a statement. To read more of this story, click here

Daniels to Visit Duke (UPDATED)

HOUSTON — While Kansas and Texas appeared to be competing in a two-horse race for DeAndre Daniels, Duke is now headlong in the mix.

The 6-foot-8 wing from IMG Academy will visit Duke the weekend of April 15 for “Senior Night,” a source with knowledge told SNY.tv.

Daniels is likely to decide “pretty quick” after the Duke visit, a second source close to the situation said. Duke is his last official visit, since he’s already been to Kentucky, Kansas, Texas and Oregon. He could opt to take another unofficial afterward. To read more of this story, click here

Former Teammates Irving, Strickland in Sweet 16

NEWARK Kyrie Irving and Dexter Strickland played only half a season together at Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick High School.

Yet in their short time together on the court, they made a historic impact.

The duo led the Celtics to the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title in 2009, the school’s third in four years under head coach Kevin Boyle.

Strickland, a natural shooting guard, then went off to North Carolina to play point guard. To read more of this story, click here

Irving to See 'Significant Minutes' Against Arizona

Kyrie Irving will come off the bench and see “significant minutes” Thursday night when Duke meets Arizona in a West Regional semifinal, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday.

After missing 3 1/2 months with a right big toe injury suffered Dec. 4 against Butler, Irving came off the bench to score a team-best 14 points when Duke routed Hampton, 87-45, last Friday. The former Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick star then hit a critical late basket and scored 11 points in 21 minutes in Sunday’s win over MIchigan.

“We’re good with who we’re starting,” Krzyzewski said, according to the Charlotte Observer. “We should have at least eight people feel like they’re starters on this team, with Andre [Dawkins] and Ryan [Kelly]. We’ve had nine people start on this team, so that’s an advantage. To read more of this story, click here