How does Kyrie Irving Compare to NBA #1 Overall Picks Derrick Rose, John Wall?

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It’s only natural to compare Duke and soon-to-be Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving to the Washington Wizards John Wall and the Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose. After Thursday evening, it will mark three years in a row that a point guard went first overall, so this juxtaposition of the three franchise floor generals will continue on for many years.

Irving was been as good as advertised in his 11 college basketball games at Duke similar to what John Wall brought to the floor at Kentucky in ’09-’10. Offensively, he can do it all and shows a tremendous skill set for a young point guard.

Irving hung out with Wall at the NBA lottery, and met him during his official UK visit. Irving articulated the advice Wall gave him.

“He just told me to keep my head high when I go through rookie ups-and-downs, and just enjoy the draft process.”

Go here for the first part of this interview feature

By Paul M. Banks

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Duke’s Kyrie Irving Ready to be a #1 Pick Franchise Player?

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It is thought, but not confirmed that the Cleveland Cavaliers will take Duke point guard Kyrie Irving Thursday night with the #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft.

The Cavs haven’t told him he’ll be the first overall selection, but it is likely between him and Derrick Williams, and conventional wisdom seems to be leaning towards Irving.

With his numbers: 17.5 points per game, 4.3 assists per game, 46 percent shooting from beyond the arc, it’s easy to see why. But he’s only played 11 games of college basketball, so it’s only natural to wonder if he’s ready -physically and mentally- to be a cornerstone for a NBA franchise.

By Paul M. Banks

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Duke’s Kyrie Irving, #1 Overall Pick? (NBA Draft Combine Video)

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There seems to be a consensus #1 regarding the 2011 NBA Draft- Duke’s franchise building point guard Kyrie Irving. Although, the Cleveland Cavaliers do have some strength at the position, so they may consider Arizona’s Derrick Williams at the #1 spot. Irving probably will go #1 despite playing in just 8 college basketball games, but if the Cavs don’t take him, I’m sure the Minnesota Timberwolves will at #2.

Here is Irving discussing numerous topics at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. Lots of media around him, and many draft issues are touched upon.

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Possible #1 Overall Pick, Duke’s Kyrie Irving, Declares for NBA Draft

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Duke freshman guard Kyrie Irving will enter the 2011 NBA Draft with plans to hire an agent, meaning he’s in the draft to say. Mike Krzyzewski announced this Wednesday afternoon. Irving is expected to be among the top three picks, possibly #1 overall in the draft.

“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,” said Krzyzewski.

“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. He is a great young man, a terrific student, and a truly amazing representative for our program and for Duke. We love him and are very happy for him and his family.”

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