Austin Rivers To Finalize His Decision Before The Season

It’s been a roller coaster recruiting ride for 2011 combo guard Austin Rivers. Initially, he committed to Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators, only to retract his commitment.

The rumors have swirled around the son of NBA star and current head Coach for the Boston Celtics, Doc Rivers, that he is a Duke commit, but Rivers has yet to confirm anything.

His top five schools, as of now, are Duke (favorite), North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas and Florida. Odds are he will end up at Duke, but you can never count out Coach Calipari and the Wildcats.

Rivers had the following to say in a recent article |

“I know I’ve changed my mind on timelines a few times, but when you get asked about it so much it’s hard to really make up your mind. I’ve been thinking about [the decision] at times and I mainly want to make sure I’m comfortable with the coaches, the players, and the school in general.”

The first set of recruiting visits will take place in the coming weeks when he makes a weekend trip to North Carolina. After that he hopes to trip to Kansas and Kentucky as well.

“I’m supposed to go up to North Carolina to visit the school, and I’ll drop by Duke again as well. You can do those in a weekend. After that – probably a few weeks later – I’ll try to visit Kansas and Kentucky. It all depends on my schedule with everything.”

“One thing people forget is that not everyone is a John Wall or a Derrick Rose. Or even Tyreke Evans. Those guys were able to excel because they picked a system that worked for them. But not everyone has their skill sets or their gifts. Because of that not everyone can go play for Coach Cal and be one and done because not everyone is John Wall or Derrick Rose. That’s why you have to do your research and make sure you find the right system for you.”

In the end, I am convinced Rivers will commit to Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils. He is in no rush to go to the pro’s. Financially, he’s one of the few who doesn’t need the financial help. Expect Rivers to stay, wherever he goes, until he can ensure he is a high lottery pick. Whoever is fortunate enough to land him, will get a top notch Guard, capable of playing down low or shooting from downtown.

Rivers in action

Go Cats!!!

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