Musical, Literary Interests Helped Shape NBA #1 Draft Pick Kyrie Irving

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Add another player to the ensemble of pro athletes featured in last week's Musical Training Instrumental for Athletic Success. Kyrie Irving, whose name and game are as harmonious as the sweet sounds he lays down on his baritone sax, revealed his musical background after being tabbed the number one pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Irving's late mother was a classically trained pianist, and according to the New York Daily News, Irving "took an interest in music, learning to harmonize and adjust octaves."  He's also an avid reader (he just finished Allen Iverson's autobiography, Only the Strong Survive: The Odyssey of Allen Iverson).

"Knowledge is power," Irving said during the NBA Combine. "I try to get a broader view of different guys' journeys, do my homework."

The newest Cleveland Cavalier also has a flair for the dramatic, having starred in his school's production of Disney's "High School Musical."

Future NBA All-Star? Potential superstar? We won't know for another few years. What we do know is that Irving didn't make it to the top of the NBA Draft on basketball talent alone. His God-given intellectual capabilities, coupled with hard work and a passion for growing as an individual, also helped him rise up and find his range on the hardwood.

We'll have more from Irving down the road. Meantime, learn about his journey and experience one of his pre-draft workouts by watching the video below.


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