Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Kyrie Irving Could Return for March Madness

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
For most of the second half of the season, the Duke Blue Devils (30-4, 13-3) were without the most crucial piece to their starting lineup.

That crucial piece is Kyrie Irving, the freshman phenom from West Orange, New Jersey.

Before injuring his big toe in a win against Butler, Irving displayed his ability to play at a higher level than many expected.

Not only was Irving beneficial on the offensive side of the ball, but he was crucial to defensive success as well.

After missing so many games this season, Irving might finally get to play in a Duke uniform one more time before, possibly, forgoing NCAA eligibility and entering the 2011 NBA draft.

Duke's head coach Mike Krzyzewski said that the frosh could play after practicing, lightly, with the team Tuesday.

Irving averaged 17.4 points, 5.1 assist, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in eight games this season; all team-highs at the time.

With Irving, Duke has to be considered legit title contenders. Irving adds a pure point guard with great speed and quickness. Irving is a mix match for many because of his elite speed and ball-handling skills.

Irving is the perfect compliment to senior Nolan Smith, as showcased earlier this season. Although, coach Krzyzewski did say, "there is a chance that he would play," which doesn't mean it's a for sure thing.

Not to mention, even if he was to return, Irving wouldn't start and would be used on a limited basis.

Either way, Irving returning is good news for all Duke fans. With Irving, Duke has a great chance at repeating as National Champions.

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