Irving & Gilchrist in Akron

AKRON, Ohio — Some of the better college basketball players in the country (including former Indiana guard Jordan Crawford) are on the court at the University of Akron right now, practicing for NBA scouts at the LeBron James Skill Academy.

But, for my money, there has been more intrigue into the workout that just completed, consisting of 39 of the best high school players in the country, regardless of class.

That includes Kyrie Irving and Michael Gilchrist of St. Patrick’s in Elizabeth, N.J.

Irving is the No. 7 player overall in the class of 2010, according to, and Gilchrist is 2011’s undisputed top player.

Irving was one of the three best point guards in his group (along with Ray McCallum and Austin Rivers; Marquis Teague is playing with the other group), and Gilchrist is a popular pick as the best overall player.

Irving has been listing Indiana among his top 11 schools for some time now, although he did back off a statement he made that IU was his favorite.

“They’re the same as every other school,” Irving said. “I listed them as my favorite, but I think it was kind of early. Everybody is just balanced.”

Gilchrist is still incredibly early in the process. The 6-foot-6 small forward has more schools than he can count, but Indiana is among them.

Gilchrist also said that he and Irving, who Gilchrist described as best friends, talk everyday about playing at the same school together.

Irving is obviously a year ahead of Gilchrist, so Gilchrist said the duo would have to make a decision together before Irving’s commitment.

“We’re going to see what is the best for both of us, and just go,” Gilchrist said.

Besides Indiana, Kentucky, Villanova, Virginia and Seton Hall are the school most often connected with both players.

But any sort of dual commitment, should it happen, could be a ways off. Irving said he’ll start taking campus visits during August, but would not even commit to signing a letter of intent in November, when the early signing period begins.

One comment

  1. Michael and Kyrie are 2 excellent players and fine young man who should have success at both the college and NBA levels. Both have the rare combination of elite level talent and insane work ethic.

    I think that Indiana is at the forefront for Kyrie (Mcleod was at almost all of his games last year) and UK/Nova are leaders for Michael. Both could play together but we will see.

    Watching these 2 at St Pat’s will be like
    watching D1 ball 😉


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