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I made a pact with my father where I have to get my degree within five years. That plan to get my degree is already in play. … That's a pact I made with him during my freshman year. He told me that if I was going to leave after one year, I was going to have to get my degree.
On whether that’s a tight timetable for completing his degree …
I have to make it work. I’m really going to have to make it work. That's a pact I have to live up to. I definitely need to be at Duke in the summers. I can't forget the Duke program. I want to be around there as much as I can.
"Everybody in my family has gotten our degrees, our master's," said the elder Irving, a Wall Street financial broker who left a job at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center six months before 9/11. "We value the education aspect of it with Kyrie."
Had they not, Kyrie would have been with John Calipari at Kentucky last season, where the godfather, [Rod] Strickland, works as an assistant coach. Irving finished his spring semester at Duke and shook his father's hand on a pact to get his degree within five years.