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Kyrie Irving Spectacular for Blue Devils

Kyrie Irving, the highly touted freshman point guard only eight games into high college career, has already become the unquestioned offensive leader of the Duke Blue Devils, last year's NCAA champions and a team that returns several key veterans from that great squad, keeping fans excited despite a year full of sad news including the death of Leslie Nielsen. After these eight games the team is undefeated, having only really been tested once by a Michigan State team that gave it some trouble but still ended up losing by five. In that game, Kyrie Irving was the difference maker for Duke, pouring in 31 points against a very good defensive team and in the process willing his team to a tough victory in the game.

Ever since his arrival on campus, it has been clear to those close to the program that this is one special basketball player. Until recently, Coach Mike Krzyzewski never even recruited so called one and done players, the ones who were thought to only be stopping by on campus for a season until they became NBA Draft eligible. But with this player, it was different. It was evidently clear to Coach K and the staff at Duke that Kyrie Irving is worth preserving a scholarship for even if he only gives them one season, because adding a point guard like this to a team instantly makes any good roster great and a national title contender.

Combo Guard in High School

Kyrie Irving is actually scary when it comes to how good he could be by the end of the year because it has been some time since he played a whole lot of point guard. In high school his last two seasons at St Patrick's High School in New Jersey, he played combo guard and actually played the two a lot more than the one because of roster necessity and the playing partner he was paired up with, 2011 class member Michael Gilchrist. For this reason, in a lot of ways he is still playing the point. This has shown at times, such as in the first half against Butler when Kyrie Irving returned to his home state and admittedly pressing too much and played too aggressively with the ball, drawing two charge calls and making little impact offensively.

However, even in that game he still ended up with 21 points to lead the team, picking up when others on the floor were struggling in the second half to put away their rivals from last season's championship game. Returning upperclassmen from that championship team such as Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith, and Jon Scheyer very early on took Kyrie Irving aside and let him know that this essentially is his team to lead. And even Coach K has completely revamped his offense to build around the strengths of Kyrie Irving and the way he plays.

Incredible Talent of Kyrie Irving

It is quite amazing when the defending national championship team returns many of its key players and still puts a freshman in charge of running the floor right from day one. It says a great deal when a coach like Krzyzewski who normally either does not play freshmen or at least usually does not start them actually starts a freshman point guard. It reminds fans of Bobby Hurley and Jay Williams, two of the greatest Blue Devils of all time. Kyrie Irving has a chance to be right up there with them by season's end. At that point, he'll probably leave for the NBA and the millions that await him. Auto insurance service will never be a hardship for Kyrie Irving once he is through to the next level.


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