17-Year Old Kyrie Irving Making A Name For Himself At 2009 Elite 24 Scrimmage & Game
Back in 2008, right after transferring to St. Patrick High School, a youngblood named Kyrie Irving wrote this in his journal, “The lights are on, baby. Time to show the world what you’re really about and who the best is in the country.”
Then in the summer of 2009, the 17 year old high-school star nicknamed “Smooth Criminal” wrote this, “I’m going to make it, even if I have to run through a ton of walls … F– being friends. I’m going to destroy these dudes.”
Well, you could say he “made it.” He played at Duke (for a few games), was drafted with the #1 pick, won rookie of the year, made All-Star teams, won a championship against Steph Curry and is in Rio right now playing for Team USA. And he also destroyed plenty of dudes and their ankles during that journey.
So in honor of what Kyrie has done since the day he wrote those words in the summer of 2009, let’s flashback to the summer of 2019 and check out some rare footage of him playing against players like Harrison Barnes, Austin Rivers, Dion Waiters, Terrence Ross and Cory Joseph at the Elite 24 scrimmage and game, which took place at Gauchos Gym (rain prevented the game from being played at Rucker Park). Irving had 16 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in the game.