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Austin Rivers reportedly to turn pro after just one season at Duke

03/23/2012 at 8:29 am By

 

Austin Rivers, son of current Celtics coach Doc Rivers, is reportedly ready to leave Duke and turn pro. Per CBSSports.com, Rivers will hire an agent, ending his college eligibility after just one season playing for Coach K.

Rivers was one of the most highly recruited players coming into college in 2011. The shooting guard led Duke in scoring as a freshman, averaging 15.5 ppg while also contributing 3.4 rpg and 2.1 assists.

Rivers, listed at 6’4″, is best in the isolation game, where he can utilize his excellent dribbling skills to get to the basket at will and is athletic enough to finish at the rim. Rivers has range out ot the NBA three-point line and has proved to be fearless in the clutch, for example nailing this game-winning three to beat rival North Carolina in February.

Many are projecting Rivers to be a lottery pick, possibly as high as top 5.

-ALR

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4 Comments so far

  1. packman

    on 03/23/2012 - Reply

    Hate to say I told you so

  2. Jay

    on 03/23/2012 - Reply

    There’s no doubt that the kid is talented. He’s athletic, has great handles and speed, can finish and shoot well, but he’s still a pretty raw player and tends to play out of control at times. I think another year at Duke would’ve done wonders for his growth as a player. I see the first 1-3 years in the NBA being a struggle.

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