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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.
“It was a tough decision,” said Drederick Irving, Kyrie’s dad. “However, when we were allowed to only choose one [for the fifth official], we chose Seton Hall University because of the familiarity with Coach [Scott] Adubato and Coach [Bobby] Gonzalez. They’re a neighborhood school which is pretty good and an option in case Kyrie decides to stay home.”
Both Seton Hall and UConn came in for home visits last week, and Seton Hall ended up winning the mano-a-mano battle for the fifth spot.
“Connecticut was a great school, a great opportunity but we just felt a little more comfortable with Seton Hall because we’ve known them for an extended period and they’ve been pursuing us for the longest,” Drederick said.
“We would like to extend our gratitude to UConn for their diligence.”
During a UStream video Sunday night, Irving indicated he will announced in November via his Twitter account.
(Photo courtesy Irving family)
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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.
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