Drederick Rubin Irving (born January 11, 1966) is an American former professional basketball player who played two seasons in the Australian National Basketball League (NBL). He is the father of current NBA player Kyrie Irving.
Irving is the son of Lillian Irving, who worked two jobs to keep the family afloat. As one of six children growing up in the Mitchel housing projects in the Bronx, New York, Irving saw too much too soon. He was a child on welfare whose father abandoned him when he was a child.
A New York City native, Irving attended Stevenson High School in The Bronx before playing college basketball for Boston University. During each of his four years, Irving helped the Terriers advance to the North Atlantic Conference Championship game, including the 1988 season, when the club claimed the NAC title, earned the school's third invitation to the NCAA Tournament and become the schools all-time leading scorer with 1,931 points at 15.8ppg.
A three-time All-NAC selection, Irving led the Terriers to a 23-8 mark during the 1987-88 season. Boston University entered the NAC Tournament seeded second, but dispatched of Canisius, Hartford, and Niagara to earn the school's second conference banner. Irving, who netted a three-game total of 53 points, was named to the All-Tournament team. A Street and Smith's Honorable Mention All-American as a senior, Drederick Irving was additionally named to the Central Fidelity Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team in 1988, the Kentucky Invitational All-Tournament Team in 1987, and the Far West Classic All-Tournament Team in 1986.
After graduating from Boston University with an Economics degree, Irving was invited to join the Boston Celtics in their Free Agent Camp but didn't secure a roster spot. In 1992, a call from fellow Boston University Alumni, Brett Brown (current NBA Head Coach with the Philadelphia 76ers and former Australian National Team Head Coach) who at the time had just secured his first Senior Head Coaching position in Australia with the Bulleen Boomers of the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL). Irving accepted a contract to play for Bulleen in the 1992 season where he dominated the league scoring at 30ppg
Irving's first wife, Elizabeth, who played volleyball at Boston University, where they met; died from an illness in 1996 and the couple had two children, daughter Asia and son Kyrie. Asia is an aspiring model, while Kyrie is currently the starting point guard for the Boston Celtics. Through Kyrie, he has one granddaughter, Azurie. With the death of Elizabeth, Drederick raised their two children with the help of his sisters. He has remarried and has a daughter named London. He has dual citizenship in the United States and Australia.