Kyrie Irving only spent one season in Durham and even that one was shortened by injury. All told, the 6-3 point guard played just 11 games total for Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils, injuring his toe in the ninth game of the year and missing most of the rest of the season. But when he was on the court, he was deadly, lighting up college basketball for 17.5 points in less than 28 minutes per game as a freshman. He shot 53 percent from the field and over 90 percent from the line, and in Duke’s season-ending loss in the Sweet 16 to Arizona, he threw up a cool 28.
At the time, there was some controversy over which player Cleveland should pick first — between Kyrie and ‘Zona’s Derrick Williams. But looking back on it now, it was obvious. We should’ve seen this coming. Irving made it look effortless, and he’s since become one of the NBA’s most exciting players, next to Stephen Curry.
To celebrate his quick but deep impact at Duke, Nike is releasing a “Brotherhood” colorway of the Kyrie 1. Dropping today at Champs Sports, the shoe reflects his appreciation for the camaraderie and leadership lessons that he learned while at Duke. A black upper is contrasted by white accents and branding, and the patented heel wrap and inner lining come splashed with that Blue Devil royal.
This is a sneaker every Irving fan needs, considering the history of where the player came from.
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