Each day from December 19th-December 29th, GoDuke.com will profile
its top 11 stories of 2011. On the final day, a special edition of
GoDuke Weekly will feature video highlights of all 11 stories.
9. Kyrie Irving Selected No. 1 in NBA Draft
On June 23, Duke freshman Kyrie Irving was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2011 NBA Draft. Irving, who entered the draft following his freshman season at Duke, became third Blue Devil tabbed with the No. 1 overall selection joining Art Heyman (1963) and Elton Brand (1999).
"This is what I have worked so hard for and I am excited to start my NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers," said Irving. "I am thankful for the support of my family, friends and coaches and I am trying to enjoy every moment of this journey."
Irving, a 6-2 guard from West Orange, N.J., played in just 11 games for the Blue Devils, sitting out 26 contests with a toe injury on his right foot. He averaged 17.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
Two other Blue Devils – Nolan Smith (No. 21; Portland) and Kyle Singler (No. 33; Detroit) – were chosen in the draft to push head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s total of draft picks to 43.