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Friday / January 18.
  • Irving ‘Leaning Toward Duke,’ Will Still Visit A&M; Konchalski Talks Kyrie, Tobias, Lamb & Drummond

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    After I initally posted this earlier today, I came across Kyrie’s interview with DimeMag where he says this about Duke.

    “I guess you could say that I’m leaning toward Duke. I’m just not ready to commit. It was my first visit and of course I’m really high on them and like I said I have that feeling, but I think it’s only smart to compare it to something,” the 6-2 Irving said.

    He added: “Well, I’ve got that feeling with Duke, but I want to go on a few more visits to compare it all. I’m not ready to commit yet. I just want to make sure everything is right. Duke and Indiana were my top two schools, and Duke is up there, but I like the other schools too.”

    Irving visited Duke last weekend and speculation followed that a commitment was imminent.

    Duke appears to be the clear leader at this point, but Irving has not yet committed.

    “I think he would probably be Mike Krzyzewski’s best point guard since Jason Williams,” said New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski.

    For more on how Kyrie would fit in at Duke (or another school), click the Video Player at right for my hot-off-the-presses interview with Tom in which he discusses Kyrie, Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb and Andre Drummond.

    If you can stand looking at us up close, you can enlarge the screen by hitting the window on the far right of the Video Player.

    Despite rumors that Irving won’t take his slated visit Oct. 9 to Texas A&M, Drederick Irving says his son still plans to go.

    “Still on,” he wrote in a text.

    Asked if Irving would still take all four of his remaining visits to A&M, Kentucky (Oct. 16), Georgia Tech (Oct. 23) and Seton Hall (Oct. 30), Drederick said, “One visit at at time.”

    Irving indicated via Twitter that he planned on attending Kentucky for Big Blue Madness Oct. 16.

    “We are still going to uk for big blue madness,” he Tweeted.

    Asked by Dime if he was definitely going on the Seton Hall visit, he said: “I’m not sure yet.”

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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. 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.