The longer Kyrie Irving goes without committing to Duke, the better it is for the other four schools in the Irving Sweepstakes.
The 6-foot-2 Irving out of Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick still hasn’t committed to the Dukies and will head out today on his second official visit to Texas A&M.
“Getting ready for my visit at Texas a and m tmrw…let’s do it!!” Irving Tweeted this week.
The A&M connection stems from assistant coach Scott Spinelli, who played college ball at Boston U with Drederick Irving, Kyrie’s father.
After A&M, Irving is slated to visit Kentucky next weekend for Big Blue Madness, before going to Georgia Tech and Seton Hall. To read more of this story, click here
After I initally posted this earlier today, I came across Kyrie’s interview with DimeMag where he says this about Duke.
“I guess you could say that I’m leaning toward Duke. I’m just not ready to commit. It was my first visit and of course I’m really high on them and like I said I have that feeling, but I think it’s only smart to compare it to something,” the 6-2 Irving said.
He added: “Well, I’ve got that feeling with Duke, but I want to go on a few more visits to compare it all. I’m not ready to commit yet. I just want to make sure everything is right. Duke and Indiana were my top two schools, and Duke is up there, but I like the other schools too.” To read more of this story, click here
From John Calipari to Mike Krzyzewski to Jim Calhoun, the biggest names in college coaching have been beating a path to the doors of some of the top high school basketball players in the New York metropolitan area.
The NCAA contact period runs from Sept. 9 until Oct. 5, so college coaches use this time to watch prospects during open gyms and to make their recruiting pitches to kids and their parents during home visits.
This is the critical period when relationships can be made or broken and future NCAA championships can be determined.
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Good news for Seton Hall fans.
Kyrie Irving’s final official visit will be to Seton Hall, probably the weekend of Oct. 29. The drive will be a short 10-mile trip from St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J. to the Seton Hall campus in South Orange.
That means Irving’s final five schools are Duke, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech and Seton Hall.
He will visit Duke (Sept. 25), Texas A&M (Oct. 9), Kentucky (Oct. 15) Georgia Tech (Oct. 23) and then Seton Hall.
As first reported here Friday, Indiana, long considered to have a legitimate shot at the talented point guard, is out.
Now UConn is officially out, too. To read more of this story, click here
**This post was updated at 1:40 p.m.**
There has been a dramatic shift in the recruitment of Kyrie Irving.
Indiana is now out of the mix and Georgia Tech will get a fourth official visit.
Irving and his family are weighing whether to take his fifth official to either Seton Hall or UConn.
“Indiana is out,” said Sye Dean, Irving’s uncle. “We respect the program. We respect Tom Crean. We feel blessed that a University of that caliber would recruit Kyrie, but sometimes in regards to this recruiting process you have to eliminate certain programs. That’s part of the process. To read more of this story, click here
Just got back from the Federer-del Potro U.S. Open final and I’m still a little shocked at what transpired…also a little sad that the Open is over. I’m a big tennis guy and these are two of my favorite weeks of the year.
Props to my boy Chris Chaney, the former Patterson (NC) School coach, who predicted del Potro earlier Monday (maybe before that). Someday I plan to cover Wimbledon and maybe even the Australian Open. So stay tuned for that…
Anyway, here are the hoops highlights of the night:
**Dallas Episcopal point guard Phil Pressey confirmed to me via text tonight that he committed to Missouri.
“Yes, I did,” he said.
The 5-foot-10 Pressey is ranked No. 13 among point guards in the Class of 2010. He chose Mizzou over LSU, Baylor, UCLA and Arizona. To read more of this story, click here
**UPDATED FROM EARLIER***
Today is a busy day for Tobias Harris and his family.
After hosting in-home visits with John Calipari of Kentucky, Paul Hewitt of Georgia Tech and Mike Brey of Notre Dame in recent days, the 6-foot-8 Harris and his family will host Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and Louisville’s Rick Pitino today.
Both Syracuse and Louisville are considered serious contenders for Harris, the No. 5 prospect in the Class of 2010.
UConn coach Jim Calhoun was supposed to come to Long Island, too, but Tobias said he “is not coming because of the Hall of Fame thing.”
Tobias later said UConn probably wouldn’t end up coming in for a visit, “but they are still in.” He has already visited the school unofficially.
Calhoun is also supposed to host a visit from 6-11 Andre Drummond of St. Thomas More in Oakdale, Conn., the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2012.
“Everybody’s looking at the kid. I guess he’s the No.1 ranked sophomore in the country,” St. Thomas More coach Jere Quinn said.
“He’s 6-11 with a 7-6 wingspan who can run and catch everything. He’s just a young kid whose potential is limitless.”
IRVING IMPRESSED WITH COACH K
Kyrie Irving had some good things to say about Duke after an in-home visit earlier this week with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistants Chris Collins and Nate James. To read more of this story, click here
Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick guard Kyrie Irving is going to be very busy entertaining coaches for in-home visits over the next few weeks. Here’s his schedule.
Sept. 9 – Duke
Sept. 12 – Georgia Tech
Sept. 13 – Indiana
Sept. 14 – Texas A&M
Sept. 15 – Kentucky
Sept. 16 – UConn
Sept. 17 – Seton Hall
Sept. 25 – Duke Official
Oct. 2 – Indiana Official
FREE THROWS: Former Seton Hall center Mike Davis has transferred to St. Francis (N.Y.) and must sit out a season before having two years of eligibility left. “I am very excited that Mike has chosen to become a part of our family here at St. Francis college,” head coach Brian Nash said. “A player of his size and skill will have a chance to make a big impact on our program.”…
Jeff Adrien of UConn and Jeff Xavier and Weyinmi Efejuku of Providence have all signed professional contracts with teams in the same league in Spain. Adrien and Xavier are on the same team…Long Island wing Rod Odom visits Vanderbilt today (Wednesday) and Louisville Friday…Trevor Clemmings Sr. told Zach Smart he didn’t think his son, Trevor Jr. of Paterson Catholic, would necessarily play football at Pitt, although he reportedly gave a verbal commitment earlier this year. “I don’t think so,” said Clemmings Sr., when asked if his son is Pitt-bound…St. Anthony big man Devon Collier visited Seton Hall today and hits St. John’s Thursday.
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Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick guard Kyrie Irving will take his official visit to Duke the weekend of Sept. 25 and to Indiana the weekend of Oct. 3.
“I know we’re visiting Duke Sept. 25 and Indiana Oct. 3,” said Drederick Irving, Kyrie’s dad.
Drederick said the following in-home visits are set. He will get back to me with the exact schedule:
Sept. 9 – Duke
Sept. 14 – Indiana
Sept. 15 – Texas A&M
In-homes are also set with Kentucky, UConn and Georgia Tech. Drederick said they were in the process of setting one up with Seton Hall, “probably around the 16th.”
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As if we needed any more confirmation that Kyrie Irving’s top two schools are Indiana and Duke, here comes Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick coach Kevin Boyle confirming that to me today in a phone call.
Irving has already said he will visit both schools officially this fall, and he has yet to name any other planned officials.
“I would not be surprised at all if he went to Indiana,” said Boyle, whose team should be ranked among the top two or three in the nation this season. “There’s no question that Indiana has been there all along and has done a great job recruiting him. I think they have an outstanding chance of getting him. To read more of this story, click here