One to Watch: Austin Rivers

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You could say Coach Mike Krzyzewski is on a roll. After leading his Duke Blue Devils to the 2009-10 National Championship and the U.S. National Team to the 2010 FIBA World Championship, he now has a verbal commitment from Austin Rivers, the #1-ranked player in the 2011 recruiting class (read ESPN article on Rivers' announcement). The 6'4", 189-pound Rivers, son of Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, is a senior at Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Fla.

A prolific scorer with an NBA three-point range, Rivers will fit perfectly into Duke's up-tempo run-and-gun style of play.  We're not sure how long he will remain a Blue Devil before deciding to turn pro, but any time Rivers spends under the tutelage of Coach K will be time well spent.

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You could say Coach Mike Krzyzewski is on a roll. After leading his Duke Blue Devils to the 2009-10 National Championship and the U.S. National Team to the 2010 FIBA World Championship, he now has a verbal commitment from Austin Rivers, the #1-ranked player in the 2011 recruiting class (read ESPN article on Rivers' announcement). The 6'4", 189-pound Rivers, son of Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, is a senior at Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Fla.

A prolific scorer with an NBA three-point range, Rivers will fit perfectly into Duke's up-tempo run-and-gun style of play.  We're not sure how long he will remain a Blue Devil before deciding to turn pro, but any time Rivers spends under the tutelage of Coach K will be time well spent.

Hats off to Rivers for working hard to become the top-ranked high school player. We're excited to see him play at the next level and look forward to many highlights to come.

To get a sense of Rivers' 28-foot range and his ability to take it to the basket, check out the following highlight clip from City Hoops TV:

Photo:  Orlando Sentinel


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