Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers is reportedly Rookie of the Year for 2011-2012.
According to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports, the trophy will be handed out early next week, most likely Tuesday.
Despite playing in only 11 games as a freshman at Duke, the rookie played in 51 out of 66 games this season. The number one draft-pick averaged 18.5 ppg, 5.4 assists, 3.7 rpg, 1.1 spg, and shot 46.9% from the field; numbers eerily similar to a certain other number one draft pick in 2003.
Other nominees for the award include: Ricky Rubio, Kenneth Faried, and Klay Thompson.
However, it was a foregone conclusion all season long that Kyrie Irving was going to run away with the award.
While the gaping hole left by Lebron James has yet to be filled, Kyrie Irving has taken this franchise a step in the right direction.