Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick coach Kevin Boyle says Kyrie Irving has a little “Chris Paul” in him.
Kyrie Irving, the No. 4 point guard in the Class of 2010, has cut his huge list of suitors down somewhat.
Irving listed the following schools in a text message Tuesday morning: Georgia Tech, Duke, Indiana, Seton Hall, Texas A&M, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Florida, Marquette and Kentucky.
Noticeably absent were Rutgers, Villanova and UConn.
Irving will also take a couple of visits this summer.
“I’m taking one to Texas A&M and one to Indiana,” Irving said. “I don’t know the dates.”
He sat out the state-mandated 30 days after transferring to Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick from Montclair (N.J.) Kimberley Academy and then helped the Celtics win their third Tournament of Champions crown in four years.
St. Patrick coach Kevin Boyle loves Irving’s game.
“Kyrie Irving, when it’s all said and done, he will arguably be as good as any guard who’s played in New Jersey,” Boyle said. “Any guard. Ever. Ever. DaJuan Wagner, Bobby Hurley, Shaheen Holloway. You’re talking about a guy who’s a great shooter, a great finisher. He’s going to be as good as anybody who’s played in New Jersey.”
One Big East assistant said without pausing: “He’s a pro.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.