Posted On: 11/6/15 10:00 AM

November 6, 2015

Just an incoming freshman, Pikesville point guard Ryheem Irving – nicknamed “Radio” – says he’s already projecting to start varsity this season with the Panthers.

The 5-foot-11 2019 says he’s recently picked up some very initial Division I interest too.

“I went to the ScoutsFocus camp in Virginia and got some interest from VCU, Delaware, Rhode Island, Washington, and Georgia Tech,” said Irving. “I talked to all of those coaches and they said the letters should be coming in the mail soon.”

The talented youngster was able to sharpen his skills this spring and summer with Baltimore Elite, and he says he had a particularly good summer with the program.

“This offseason we did great as a unit, and for myself, in the spring I was just coming off a leg injury when I got back and my scoring went down a little bit,” said Irving. “But towards the summer when we got into the big tournaments and the live periods all my stats went up. I think my shot off the dribble got way better and my shooting consistency got a lot better.”

The freshman point guard told PHM he considers himself to be a scoring guard, and characterized his style of play.

“I get a lot of my points off the pick-and-roll, I can hit the 3, or a one-dribble stop-and-pop,” said Irving. “I also like to get to the basket, I like to get to the free-throw line a lot, I like to get to the free-throw line as much as I can — people say I play like James Harden.”

He’ll be the starting point guard as a freshman with Pikesville this season, and says he’s grateful for the opportunity to play with the varsity as a freshman.

“They just want to play 100 percent every night and when we need a bucket, just go get it,” said Irving. “I’m very blessed to have the opportunity to play varsity as a freshman. I’ve been dreaming about this moment since I was a little kid, and I wanted it, and I just had to go get it.”