Florida Guard Irving Makes Decision
Frank Martin (AP photo)
Frank Martin (AP photo)
BillikenReport.com
Posted Apr 25, 2009
Nate Latsch


It took Martavious Irving longer than expected to make his official visit to Kansas State. But once the Florida combo guard had a chance to check out the Manhattan campus and check out the Wildcats in person, it didn’t take him long to make a decision.

According to various media reports, the 6-foot-2 guard from Boyd Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., made a verbal commitment to coach Frank Martin and K-State during his official visit to the school on Friday.

Irving had made official visits to Jacksonville, Virginia Commonwealth and Saint Louis University and had also considered an official visit to Alabama, where former VCU coach Anthony Grant was recently hired.

He was originally scheduled to visit K-State weeks earlier, but was not able to make that trip and had to reschedule.

“I really liked some of the other schools but Kansas State stuck their head out above the rest,” Irving told the Miami Herald. “Today when I walked down the tunnel onto the floor there, I pictured myself in a K-State uniform.

“Coach Martin was real honest to me and that means a lot. He said if I come in and work hard, which I intend to do, I will play right away. That is the bottom line.”

The versatile Irving could see time at either guard spot for the Wildcats and his reputation as a strong defender could earn him minutes early in his career.

He has also proven to be a winner. Irving helped his high school squad compile a 55-5 record in his final two seasons.

Irving averaged 14 points per game as a junior when the Cobras went 22-2 and lost in the Florida Class 6A state championship game. As a senior, he averaged 17 points and 7 rebounds per contest as Boyd Anderson went 25-3 but were upset in the regional quarterfinals.



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