NEWARK – The Cleveland Cavaliers made former St. Patrick High School star Kyrie Irving the first pick in last night’s NBA draft.
Irving spent two years playing for Coach Kevin Boyle at the Elizabeth Catholic high school after transferring from Montclair Kimberly Academy. In 2009, he helped the school capture its third NJSIAA Tournament of Champions Title in four years. In 2010, he averaged 25.2 points per game on a team that was loaded with future Division I college players.
Irving went to Duke University, where he averaged 17.5 points per game. The 19-year-old point guard missed all but 11 games with a toe injury, but still became only the second New Jersey player ever selected with the top pick in the NBA Draft.
Irving and number four pick Tristan Thompson will help the Cavaliers to move on from the LeBron James era, which ended last summer when the star player decided to leave Cleveland and play for the Miami Heat.
Newark native Kenneth Faried was also chosen in the first round of the draft, by the Denver Nuggets with the 22nd pick.
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