15 March 2011

Kyrie Irving To Be Ready For NCAA Tournament?

The big story all season for the Duke Blue Devils is whether or not star freshman point guard Kyrie Irving will return at all this season. Irving, who has been out since suffering a toe injury against Butler in early December in East Rutherford, was widely thought to be done for the year. But now there is "a chance" that Irving may play in the Blue Devils' first round matchup against Hampton on Friday in Charlotte after Irving practiced a bit today according to coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Now anybody that expects Irving to come back and be the dynamic player he was early this season right away is crazy. Irving, if he is able to go, would not play starter minutes and would come off the bench. But if Duke can get him fully healthy at some point during the tournament, look out. People forget how terrific the Dukies looked with Irving in the lineup early this season. Granted the Blue Devils have looked terrific of late with Nolan Smith helming the point and would have to get used to playing with Irving again but if he gets cranked up and firing away as he was in the fall, you may as well punch their ticket to Houston. Even without Irving this team looked like a team that could definitely be cutting down the nets in Reliant Stadium on April 4 but if you could add the player of Irving's caliber as this point in the year, watch out folks.

1 comment:

  1. Kyrie is probably the best freshman at Duke in the last 10-15 years. A difference maker.