Rising Star: Kyrie Irving

By Tanisha Morris


Standing at 6”3’, 191 pounds, 19-year-old Kyrie A. Irving is shooting his way to the top and may be on his way to a successful NBA career.

Irving was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers after playing only one season with Duke University. Due to a toe injury in college, he had to sit out 26 games and only played in 11 games.

From a young age, Irving was headed for success. Irving was born in Melbourne, Australia, March 23, 1992, but was raised in New Jersey. Throughout high school he was a top star on his school’s team. The Star-Ledger named Irving New Jersey’s player of the Year. During his four year high school career, Irving scored more than 2,100 points, making him the second highest scoring player ever in Montclair Kimberly Academy history.

For young Irving, the apple does not fall far from the tree. His father, Drederick Irving, was ranked as high as second in scoring at Boston University and played for the Bulleen Boomers in Australia professionally.

In the 2011 NBA draft, Kyrie Irving was the number one pick for his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Averaging 20+ points per game, fans are eager to see if this high scoring is simply beginner’s luck or true talent.

Irving’s story reminds young black males there is a chance for them. “He is 19 and is playing in the NBA. He is my hero,” says Lincoln University freshman Collin Burkes.

Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers have won 13 already this season and are trying to improve from the dismal 19-63 record from the 2010-2011 season. Their next opponent is the Boston Celtics at home Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012.

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