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2011 NBA Draft: Cleveland Cavaliers Select Kyrie Irving With Number One Pick

Kyrie Irving, First Pick in the 2011 NBA Draft

The Cleveland Cavaliers select Kyrie Irving of Duke University with the number one pick in the 2011 NBA Draft held on June 23, 2011 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, USA.

Irving who plays the guard position is the first pick chosen by Cleveland since Lebron James in 2003.

With Irving, the Cavaliers begin its rebuilding process after James bolted for the Miami Heat last year.

Irving despite playing only a total of 11 games for Duke in his only year is projected to be the next Derrick Rose, this year’s Most Valuable Player.

Cleveland also has the fourth pick and they used it for University of Texas forward Tristan Thompson.

Kyrie Irving, First Pick in the 2011 NBA Draft

The second pick went to the Minnesota Timberwolves taking Arizona forward Derrick Williams while the Utah Jazz took Enes Kanter of Turkey with the number three pick.

Three of the first six players taken were from Europe, capitalizing on the absence of some American college players who might have gone in their spots and made this a stronger draft. It was the first time four international players who didn’t play at a U.S. college were selected in the lottery.

Here’s the complete list of picks in Round 1:

Pick

Player

Team

School/Club/ Team

1Kyrie IrvingCleveland CavaliersDuke (Fr.)
2Derrick WilliamsMinnesota TimberwolvesArizona (So.)
3Enes KanterUtah Jazz (from New Jersey)Kentucky (Fr.)
4Tristan ThompsonCleveland CavaliersTexas (Fr.)
5Jonas ValančiūnasToronto RaptorsLietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
6Jan VeselýWashington WizardsPartizan (Serbia)
7Bismack BiyomboCharlotte Bobcats (from Sacramento Kings)Fuenlabrada (Spain)
8Brandon KnightDetroit PistonsKentucky (Fr.)
9Kemba WalkerCharlotte BobcatsConnecticut (Jr.)
10Jimmer FredetteSacramento Kings (from Milwaukee Bucks)BYU (Sr.)
11Klay ThompsonGolden State WarriorsWashington State (Jr.)
12Alec BurksUtah JazzColorado (So.)
13Markieff MorrisPhoenix SunsKansas (Jr.)
14Marcus MorrisHouston RocketsKansas (Jr.)
15Kawhi LeonardIndiana Pacers (traded to San Antonio Spurs)San Diego (So.)
16Nikola VučevićPhiladelphia 76ersUSC (Jr.)
17Iman ShumpertNew York KnicksGeorgia Tech (Jr.)
18Chris SingletonWashington Wizards (from Atlanta)[Florida State (Jr.)
19Tobias HarrisMilwaukee Bucks (from Charlotte Bobcats via New Orleans and PortlandTennessee (Fr.)
20Donatas MotiejūnasMinnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis via Utah traded toHouston Rockets)Pallacanestro Treviso (Italy)
21Nolan SmithPortland Trail BlazersDuke (Sr.)
22Kenneth FariedDenver NuggetsMorehead State (Sr.)
23Nikola MiroticHouston Rockets (from Orlando via Phoenix traded to Minnesota Timberwolves)Real Madrid (Spain)
24Reggie JacksonOklahoma City ThunderBoston College (Jr.)
25Marshon BrooksBoston Celtics (traded to New Jersey)Providence (Sr.)
26Jordan HamiltonDallas MavericksTexas (So.)
27JaJuan JohnsonNew Jersey Nets (from L.A. Lakers, traded to Boston)Purdue (Sr.)
28Norris ColeChicago Bulls (from Miami via Toronto)Cleveland State (Sr.)
29Cory JosephSan Antonio SpursTexas (Fr.)
30Jimmy ButlerChicago BullsMarquette (Sr.)

Here are highlights from Kyrie Irving’s career:

Highschool – St. Patrick’s High School, Elizabeth, New Jersey

College – Duke University

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