Kyrie Irving: Freshman Expected to See Action for Duke Against Hampton
Kyrie Irving Reportedly Will Play For Duke In Second Round Game Against Hampton
The debate surrounding the Duke Blue Devils all week has been will he or won't he?
He is referring to Duke's freshman point guard and projected lottery pick Kyrie Irving, who has been out since December with a foot injury.
Well according to the reports, the question has been answered. He will.
Irving is expected to play tonight as Duke opens up its Tournament against the No. 16 seed Hampton in Charlotte, according to the Associated Press. The AP also reported that coach Mike Krzyzewski plans to limit Irving's minutes and use him in a reserve role off the bench.
It can't hurt for the Dukies to have Irving, who could very well be the No. 1 overall pick in June's draft available for them. He was pretty strong early in the season before he was injured and having him as another weapon off the bench can only make the Blue Devils a better and much tougher team to defend. But that's assuming he's 100 percent, and that'll be the real question.
He's apparently been doing drills all week, according to the AP report, but we all know drills aren't a full substitute for the real thing. While Duke and Krzyzewski are doing the right thing by limiting his minutes, we don't know for sure how effective he really can be until he gets out on the floor tonight and plays a couple of minutes.
If he's healthy, then it's a moot point. But if he becomes a liability later down the line because of his injury, then what will the Blue Devils do?
Unfortunately, none of us will know until Duke takes the floor.
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