Kyrie Andrew Irving was born in 1992 in Melbourne, Australia. His father, Drederick, was playing professional ball in Australia for the Bulleen Boomers when Kyrie was born. Before the Boomers, Drederick played college ball for Boston University, where they retired his jersey. Kyrie holds dual citizenship in both Australia and the United States. His godfather is former NBA player Rod Strickland. Irving his high school ball in New Jersey, starting with two seasons at Montclair Kimberley Academy before transferring to St. Patrick High School. After his senior season at St. Patrick, Irving was named a McDonald’s All-American and a First Team All-American by Parade Magazine and USA Today.
During his pro career, Irving took on the role of “Uncle Drew” for soda advertisements and an eventual movie that was filled with NBA stars. His favorite book is “Catcher in the Rye.” Fans can follow the exciting point guard on both Twitter and Instagram @KyrieIrving. Irving’s time at Duke was brief and glorious. He appeared in 11 games during his lone season as a Blue Devil, but averaged 17.5 points on 53.2 percent from the field and 5.4 assists for the 2010-11 squad. After eight games, the point guard injured his big toe in a Dec. 4 game against Butler. A game before getting injured, he had put the nation on notice with a season-high 31 points, six rebounds and four assists in a win over Michigan State. The New Jersey native had helped the Blue Devils go undefeated in the early season, but missed more than three months of the season due to the injury. He returned prior to the NCAA tournament and came off the bench in relief of Seth Curry. The 6-1 guard helped Duke survive with first weekend in wins over Hampton (14 points) and Michigan (11 points). Irving delivered 28 points in Duke’s Sweet 16 loss to the Derrick Williams-led Arizona Wildcats.