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 was born January 11, 1966 in New York City, to Lillian Irving. He has six siblings. He had little contact with his father, who left his family when he was a toddler. To support the family, his mother worked two jobs. Irving grew up in Bronx's Mitchel housing projects. At a very young age, Irving already witnessed police raids and gang related crimes.
Irving attended and played basketball 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.
After his college graduation, he was invited to join the Boston Celtics training camp roster, but was waived. In 1992, Irving signed 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, 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.