Meet Kyrie Irving’s dad, Drederick — a former BU basketball star

Boston, MA - 1/31/1987: Boston University's #11 Drederick Irving spins away from Canisius defender. (George Rizer/Globe Staff)
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1/31/1987: Drederick Irving spins away from Canisius defender. –George Rizer/Globe Staff

If new Celtic Kyrie Irving has any questions about Boston, he knows where he can turn: to his father.

Drederick Irving is one of most prolific players in Boston University history. Irving starred on Comm. Ave. from 1984-88, back in the days when the BU-Northeastern rivalry was at its peak. His No. 11 was retired by the school in 1988, and he’s a member of the BU Athletic Hall of Fame.

At one point Kyrie Irving even considered BU. According to the Globe’s Gary Washburn, former BU coach Dennis Wolff offered Kyrie a scholarship — as a fifth-grader.

“I thought I was going to go to BU in fifth grade,’’ Kyrie Irving said.

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Drederick Irving was once ranked first in career scoring for the Terriers (he’s now third), and he’s near the top of the heap in a number of statistical categories. He was an all-conference selection in 1986 and 1988, and earned team MVP honors in 1988.

Irving came to BU from the Bronx, where he earned All-City and All-Division honors at Adlai Stevenson High School.

Irving took a jumper over two Northeastern players in a February 1986 game. —George Rizer/Globe Photo/File

He was the team’s leading scorer as a sophomore, junior, and senior. He finished his college career with 1,931 points and was BU’s top scorer until Tunji Awojobi (2,308 points) demolished the mark in the mid-1990s.

Irving averaged nearly 20 points per game as a senior, when he led the Terriers to a 23-win season, the ECAC North Atlantic title, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament; BU was smashed in the first round by Duke — yes, where Kyrie Irving played one year of college ball.

The Terriers had been blocked from the NCAAs earlier in Irving’s career thanks to a powerhouse Northeastern team led by the late Reggie Lewis.

Making the tournament had been a big goal for Drederick Irving.

“Drederick is on a very big mission,’’ then-BU coach Mike Jarvis said in January 1988, “and if anyone deserves to accomplish it, it’s him.’’

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A look at where Drederick Irving stands in some statistical categories at Boston University.

■ Fifth in 3-point percentage (42.3 percent).

■ Fifth in free throws (611).

■ Sixth in games played (122).

■ Eighth in minutes played (3,500); he was second when he left BU.

Irving eluded a Canisius defender in January 1987. —George Rizer/Globe Photo/File