Kyrie Irving, the presumptive No. 1 pick, will skip athletic testing and drills at the 2011 NBA Draft Combine this week, reports Chad Ford. Irving, expected to be chosen by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the top choice in the June 23 draft, overcame a broken toe suffered in December to play in the NCAA Tournament in March for the Duke Blue Devils, so it's unlikely that injury is preventing Irving from doing the basic athletic tests like vertical jumps and sprints.
Few players ever skip athletic testing; even LeBron James, Cleveland's last no-brainer No. 1 pick, participated. Top prospects do skip the drill portion of the combine with some regularity, and Irving won't be alone on the sidelines for that, as Ford has reported Arizona forward Derrick Williams, UConn guard Kemba Walker and Kentucky guard Brandon Knight are among those passing on an opportunity to do the drills.
Stay tuned for more reaction to Irving's decision and results from the combine.