These days there are so many reports swirling about prospects that as a fan you do not know what to believe anymore. That is until you hear an active head coach praising one of the top ranked players in this year’s draft. You can almost feel the excitement seeping through Byron Scott’s words about former Duke point guard, Kyrie Irving as reported by Hoops World.
“He has his head on right,” said Scott. “He reminded me so much of my initial contact with Chris Paul. Kyrie was a lot like him. The thing that stood out to me when I met him was he was a lot bigger than I thought. He’s a good-sized point guard. He’s 6-3 and a legit 6-3, not 6-feet or 6-1.
“In our general conversation, he was a very, very intelligent young man and a very mature young man. He has a lot of confidence in himself. He didn’t answer like, ‘Uh, well.’ He answered pretty matter of fact. That impressed me about him.”
Was it just me or is Scott almost glowing at the thought of coaching and molding a talent like Kyrie Irving? He may not be the most complete athlete in the draft, in my eyes, but he does hold a statue of potential that you have no choice but to smirk at the thought of.
His comparison to Chris Paul seems a little farfetched. Maybe the reason lies in the fact that no one was able to see him in a full season with the Blue Devils. Playing throughout the extent of a season shows a lot about the character and durability of a player.
Where Derrick Williams was showing up even after months of going into battle with his Arizona Wildcats teammates, Irving was sitting on a bench cheering for his. The duration of the season reveals issues within a player’s mindset that we have yet to see as far as Irving is concerned.
He is a very polarizing figure as far as college basketball and his size says a lot about what he will be able to do at the next level. Still other guards like Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker have shown the public things that Irving has not been able to. His injury impaired his ability to fully showcase his talents to the extent that they could have been previewed.