BDN Premium -Since formally making the announcement that he was going to commit to Duke University on ESPNU, the nearly 6’3” point guard from West Orange, New Jersey has acted in a production of “High School Musical,” seen his aspiration of a mythical national championship vanish in a last second missed free throw against a fellow power, Findlay Prep, in a nationally televised game, had his hopes of a winning a second consecutive state title destroyed after his state association banned his team for conducting preseason basketball practices, and became the fifty-second McDonald’s All-American at Duke University. Over the course of a weekend at the Primetime Shootout in Union and Trenton, New Jersey, Kyrie Irving spoke with Blue Devil Nation about a variety of topics, including his recent McDonald’s All-American distinction, whether he does any recruiting for Duke, his reaction to Adam Zagoria’s preemptive strike, and his desire to follow Nolan Smith’s example of being a normal student when he arrives in Durham, North Carolina.
Can you talk about today?
To lose by one point on national television is definitely hard to take, but we just have to regroup and come out ready to play tomorrow.
Talk about the honor of being selected McDonald’s All-American game? How far you’ve come from the kid playing in the back yard just trying to beat out your dad to being considered among the twenty-four best players your age?
It was definitely an honor to be selected for a game like that. We had another person playing out there tonight who was also selected for the game.
Yeah, Doron Lamb. It was definitely an honor to be picked.
When did you initially find out and what was your reaction?
I was just really happy, you know. I just really wanted to play as soon as I found that I got accepted to the McDonald’s All-American game.
How did you find out? By letter or a phone call?
They actually send a letter to your school to say that you’ve been accepted. It was definitely great.
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