Tag:Austin Rivers
Posted on: September 30, 2010 11:53 am
Edited on: September 30, 2010 12:04 pm

Rivers ends recruitment, commits to Duke

Austin Rivers -- a star at Winter Park High in Florida who is ranked No. 1 at Rivals.com, No. 2 at MaxPreps.com and No. 3 at Scout.com in the Class of 2011 --has verbally committed to Duke, multiple recruiting analysts (Scout.com's Evan Daniels, Rivals.com's Eric Bossi and ESPN.com's Paul Biancardi) reported Thursday morning.

"He picked Duke because of [Mike Krzyzewski] and his staff," Winter Park coach David Bailey told Biancardi. "There is a ton of tradition at Duke, and it was the best place for him from a basketball and academic standpoint."

Rivers is a 6-foot-4 guard and the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

He chose Duke over North Carolina, Kansas and Florida, where he was once committed.

Rivers' commitment to Duke leaves Adonis Thomas as MaxPreps.com's highest-rated prospect yet to announce his college decision. The 6-6 wing from Melrose High in Memphis is ranked No. 3 in the Class of 2011 and is still considering Arkansas, Florida, Memphis, Tennessee and UCLA. Thomas is visiting UCLA this weekend along with No. 12 Quinn Cook, a 6-0 point guard from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.
Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:08 am

Rivers now considering just three schools

Austin Rivers has cut his list of potential colleges to three -- Duke, Kansas and North Carolina.

"Those are the three schools I'm going with right now," Rivers told Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "I'm planning to visit all three."

Rivers told Daniels he's visiting North Carolina on Oct. 1 and Duke on Oct. 15, and that he's yet to schedule a visit to Kansas. Notably missing from the final three is Florida. Rivers was once committed to the Gators, but has seemingly eliminated Billy Donovan's program from contention despite it being just 120 miles from his home in Winter Park, Fla.

MaxPreps.com ranks Rivers second in the Class of 2011.

He's first at Rivals.com and third at Scout.com.
Posted on: September 3, 2010 8:52 am
Edited on: September 3, 2010 8:55 am

Rivers will attend Duke's Midnight Madness

Former Florida pledge Austin Rivers has announced he'll attend Duke's Midnight Madness on October 15.

"I'm going to Duke's Midnight Madness," Rivers Tweeted late Thursday. "My mom's already scheduled it!"

Rivers is No. 1 in Rivals.com's Class of 2011 national rankings and regularly described in recruiting circles as someone who will eventually sign with Duke. That said, the 6-foot-3 guard is still also officially considering Florida, Kansas, and North Carolina. He's the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers.
Posted on: August 24, 2010 8:02 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 8:03 pm

Who's No. 1 in Class of 2011?

Scout.com and Rivals.com both updated their national rankings Tuesday, meaning all three major services (the third being MaxPreps.com) now have refreshed lists for the Class of 2011. And they're all different. Michael Gilchrist is No. 1 at MaxPreps.com, Anthony Davis is No. 1 at Scout.com, and Austin Rivers is No. 1 at Rivals.com.

Rivers is the only prospect in the top three of each list.

Here's each organization's top 10:

----- MAXPREPS.COM -----

1. Michael Gilchrist (committed to Kentucky )
2. Austin Rivers (uncommitted)
3. Adonis Thomas (uncommitted)
4. Quincy Miller (uncommitted)
5. Bradley Beal (committed to Florida )
6. Anthony Davis (committed to Kentucky )
7. LaQuinton Ross (committed to Ohio State )
8. James McAdoo (committed to North Carolina )
9. Marquis Teague (committed to Kentucky )
10. P.J. Hairston (committed to North Carolina )

----- SCOUT.COM -----

1. Anthony Davis (committed to Kentucky )
2. Quincy Miller (uncommitted)
3. Austin Rivers (uncommitted)
4. James McAdoo (committed to North Carolina )
5. Michael Gilchrist (committed to Kentucky )
6. Marquis Teague (committed to Kentucky )
7. Bradley Beal (committed to Florida )
8. Adonis Thomas (uncommitted)
9. Myck Kabongo (committed to Texas )
10. Rakeem Christmas (committed to Syracuse )

----- RIVALS.COM -----

1. Austin Rivers (uncommitted)
2. Marquis Teague (committed to Kentucky )
3. Michael Gilchrist (committed to Kentucky )
4. LeBryan Nash (uncommitted)
5. Quincy Miller (uncommitted)
6. Anthony Davis (committed to Kentucky )
7. Bradley Beal (committed to Florida )
8. James McAdoo (committed to North Carolina )
9. DeAndre Daniels (uncommitted)
10. Josiah Turner (uncommitted)
Posted on: April 8, 2010 10:56 am
Edited on: April 9, 2010 7:02 pm

Rivers officially decommits from Florida

Austin Rivers finally decided to stop trying to keep the worst-kept secret in college basketball recruiting.

The Class of 2011 star acknowledged Thursday morning that he's no longer committed to Florida.

"I have reopened my recruitment ...," Rivers told Scout.com. "I have decommitted [from] Florida at this time. I still really like them, but I need to go ahead and reopen things right now."

Speculation about Rivers decommitting from Florida began last July and intensified when he subsequently visited Duke's campus. MaxPreps.com rates the 6-foot-4 guard -- who is the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers -- as the third-best prospect in the Class of 2011. Rivers told Scout.com he's now considering Duke, Florida and North Carolina, but that he "may open it up a little more later on."

This development leaves Florida with just one commitment for the Class of 2011 -- Brad Beal.

Max Preps.com rates Beal as the nation's fourth-best prospect, one spot behind Rivers.
Posted on: September 21, 2009 8:07 am
Edited on: September 21, 2009 8:09 am

Recruiting notes from the weekend

Cameron Clark committing to Oklahoma wasn't the only recruiting development from this weekend.

Here are some others:

Rivers visits Duke: Class of 2011 star Austin Rivers visited Duke despite supposedly being committed to Florida. As Bruce Weber can attest -- you haven't forgotten the Eric Gordon recruitment, have you? -- there is no way to interpret this as a good thing for the Gators. Rivers taking that visit makes him by definition no longer genuinely committed to Florida, and it's only a matter of time before he acknowledges as much publicly. Scout.com ranks Rivers as the No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2011. He is the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers

Wroten tears ACL: While Rivers was touring Cameron Indoor Stadium, fellow Class of 2011 star Tony Wroten Jr. was tearing his ACL in a football game, according to the Seattle Times . The paper reported that Wroten will have surgery this week and need seven-to-nine months of rehab, meaning he's done with football and basketball for the year. Scout.com ranks Wroten as the No. 8 prospect in the Class of 2011.

Quick hitters: Stacey Poole, a 6-foot-5 wing from Florida, told Scout.com that he'll likely pick between Kentucky and South Carolina by the end of the week. Poole is ranked 58th in the Class of 2010. ... Kyrie Irving, ranked fifth in the Class of 2010, eliminated Indiana from his list of possible destinations. The New Jersey point guard is still considering Duke, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M. ... One of the nation's top junior college prospects, J.P. Olukemi, committed to Oklahoma state. He's the fourth OSU commitment for the Class of 2010.
Posted on: July 7, 2008 11:52 am
Edited on: July 15, 2008 1:25 pm

DEAR GARY (on Donovan/Gillispie)

AKRON, Ohio -- Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: So how long did that NABC recommendation last?  Was it even a month?  It kind of looks bad when one of the most high-profile coaches (Billy Donovan) completely disregards the suggestion (by taking a commitment from rising sophomore Austin Rivers).  I know it is not a rule but a recommendation/suggestion, but does this mean all bets are off and teams can go back to doing what they were doing?  Full disclosure, I am a Kentucky fan and I think the "rule" is dumb.  If a coach wants to offer a kid and the kid and his family want to accept, what's the problem?  So, what do you think happens now with recruiting?

-- Kevin

I got a lot of emails like this, including one from a Kentucky fan wondering why Billy Gillispie was ridiculed for taking a young commitment while Donovan did it without much of an uproar. I actually asked Gillispie about this Sunday night, and he just smiled without comment. But I think the simple answer is that Gillispie committed an eighth-grader instead of a ninth-grader -- which just seems a lot younger, for whatever reason -- and that he did it in a state where basketball rules 12 months a year. Meantime, Donovan's young commitment came in a state where basketball is secondary and at a time (the week after the NBA Draft) when people weren't paying attention much. I mean, the week after the NBA Draft is vacation time, far as I'm concerned. So when that story came down last week I was on vacation (though I still wrote it) and I know at least one other national college basketball writer who was on vacation, too.

In other words, Donovan has impeccable timing.

But in all seriousness, I'm mostly with you, Kevin. I don't necessarily believe the rule is "dumb" but I do think it's going to be incredibly difficult to enforce because verbal commitments don't actually mean anything anyway and nobody is binded by them. So how can a coach be forbidden from "offering" something that can't be offered in reality? And even if he is, the NABC will never be able to stop a young prospect from telling a reporter he wants to go to Kentucky or Florida, and all Kentucky and Florida have to do in response is tell the NABC that they haven't technically offered anything and that though the prospect might've been under the impression that a scholarship was his if he wanted it, a scholarship was never formally offered and what can you do?

Anyway, do you see my point?

My basic rule on rules is to only have them if they can be enforced, and I just don't think this can be enforced. So my suggestion would be for the NABC to state its position and let coaches do what they will, then focus on cleaning up what really needs to be cleaned up, and what can.

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