Kyrie Irving is a rookie point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was drafted 1st overall in last year's draft. He is averaging 18.7 points per game and 5.7 assists per game (as of 3/30/12) as the season winds to a close.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Kyrie grew up in suburban New Jersey. He played for the basketball juggernaut St. Patrick Academy in high school, which led to him being the #4 overall college basketball recruit in 2010 by rivals.com, a respected recruiting website maintained by Yahoo!
Irving chose to attend Duke University and play for famed coach Mike Krzyzewski. He immediately became a superstar, averaging 17.4 points per game before suffering a turf toe injury which kept him out for the majority of the season. He returned in time for the NCAA tournament, but was unable to lead Duke to the national championship. Still, he reaffirmed the belief that he was the best player in the country during his brief time in college.
After Cleveland chose him with the first overall pick, much of the talk about Kyrie centered on if he was prepared to handle the rigors of an NBA season since he had played so few college games. Despite not turning 20 until later on in his rookie season, he proved his doubters wrong by showing the talent he possessed along with a high level of maturity and leadership. As a result, much has been made about the strong presence of his father in his life. His father, Drederick, was a professional basketball player in an Australian league. Kyrie has promised his father that not only will be earn his college degree from Duke, but he will do it within the next 5 years. During the NBA lockout of 2011, he spent his time working out at Duke while taking a full load of classes.
Irving is almost guaranteed to win the Rookie-of-the-Year award, given to each year's top overall rookie. He was also the MVP of the "Rising Stars" game during NBA All-Star Weekend, during which he was 8-for-8 on three-point shots.
Steve Nash, a future Hall-of-Fame point guard for the Phoenix Suns, recently told Grantland.com's Bill Simmons in a podcast that Irving was "special" in regards to his innate feel for the game. The Suns and the Cavs have split their past two games, with Irving having outstanding performances in both.