Point guard Kyrie Irving is widely regarded as the likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft on June 23rd, 2011.
Irving's abbreviated college career lasted only 11 games, yet his impact on every Duke game was immense, whether in uniform or street clothes.
When on the court, Irving was defending national champion Duke's best player, and clearly showed one-and-done potential. When he burst onto the scene in November for the Blue Devils, most thought that he'd be heading to the NBA before he finished unpacking in his dorm room in Durham.
Well, in spite of an injury that cost Irving three months, the experts were right. Even with the lack of experience and exposure, Irving was consistently projected as the draft's top pick.
After Duke's disappointing run in the NCAA Tournament along with Derrick Williams' brilliance and the rise of Enes Kanter, a cloud of doubt has been cast over the supposed pecking order at the draft's beginning.
Is Kyrie Irving a lock to go in the first two picks? Find out in my latest mock draft edition.