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RaptorsandBuckeye FaN 11-24-2011 10:43 AM

Draft Profile: Austin Rivers
Son of Doc Rivers, SG for Duke. 6-4 200lbs


You'll be hard pressed to find a better scorer in the class of 2011. Rivers, a Duke signee, has advanced ball skills and can easily create separation when he's looking to score. A terrific long range shooter, Rivers is one of the best three-point shooters in the class and his range extends well past the stripe. He's an elite prospect in the 2011 class.
Big time scorer
Big game player
Perimeter shot



Strengths: Rivers is a 6’4 guard with enough size and length (6'7 wingspan) to function as both a PG and a SG … A good athlete, with excellent fluidity and agility, and adequate explosiveness, speed, and quickness … Really good at changing speeds, and displays more of a smooth, controlled game than most players his age … Great 1st step … Shows sound ball-handling skills, and has few problems creating for himself off the bounce … A natural scorer … Able to score at all 3 levels very well …Very good shooting skills, with NBA range already … Is a threat to make jumpshots off the dribble from as far as 25 feet, which is intriguing … Plays with aggressiveness, and is a playmaker with the ball in his hands … Clever finisher around the rim, who utilizes reverses and the net and rim to shield shot-blockers from the ball … Uses floaters and pull-up jumpers well when cut off by defenders before he makes it all the way to the hoop … Can score in bunches, and is fearless about getting his shots up … Pretty good pick and roll player … Can certainly play up-tempo, and fits well in an offense that runs … Also good in isolation, as a threat to shoot, pull-up, or get in the paint … Not bad basic passing skills, and will find teammates if the D collapses on him … Can get steals on D and isn’t afraid of jumping in the passing lanes … Enjoyed an outstanding HS career, and scouts have been keeping an eye on him virtually since he was a Soph. in HS … Has a very strong pedigree with his father, Doc, being one of the elite head coaches in the NBA with the Boston Celtics … Reportedly has a good work ethic, and he has put on considerable weight and gotten stronger over the past year

Weaknesses: Although Rivers is very aggressive, he also can be selfish and ball-dominant at times … Prone to pounding the ball and overdribbling looking for his shots … Often demonstrates poor shot selection, shooting shots out of range of normal offense or under duress … Is also used to trying to shoot himself out of slumps, and settling for contested jumpers off the dribble … Physically, Rivers is pretty mediocre for an NBA guard … He’s a bit of a tweener guard, although he’s more of a SG and has enough size to play there … Doesn’t show great floor vision, and often looks to pass as a last resort … At times, Rivers will pout and show bad body language on the court. He's developed a bit of a prima donna attitude which hopefully will change as he matures … A fairly nondescript defender, who hasn’t been known to compete hard on that end … His potential on D is also limited ...

Overall: Rivers is a talented scoring guard will be able to put points on the board at any level … His jumper is strong, his ability to operate off the dribble is very good, he has the bloodlines, and he can’t be accused of not being aggressive … He needs to get more mature, continue to get stronger, be less selfish, and work on his D though … He’s still a likely eventual lotto pick, his offensive skills are just too good to be ignored ...

RaptorsandBuckeye FaN 11-24-2011 10:43 AM

In 5 games(against good teams also. Michigan State, Davidson, Tennessee, #15 Michigan, # 14 Kansas): 15.2PPG 2.5APG 2.2RPG 44% FG 37% 3PT

Ford in Maui: Austin Rivers overrated? - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN


LAHAINA, Maui -- The Duke Blue Devils are 5-0 after a hard-fought win against Tennessee in the opening round of the Maui Invitational. Mike Krzyzewski now has a historic 905 wins and counting.

But for Krzyzewski's star freshman, Austin Rivers, things are still a work in progress. Rivers led all Duke scorers with 18 points Monday in Maui. But it was an inefficient 18. He shot 6-for-15 from the field, made critical turnovers and passed on wide-open jump shots for contested shots at the basket.

Four games into his career, he sometimes looks like the star he was billed to be. Other times like a former high school stud who suddenly finds himself in over his head at the next level.

Rivers' inconsistency was on display for a huge contingent of NBA GMs and scouts to see. He started the game by missing five of his first six shots. He drove wildly into the teeth of the defense. He looked to shoot every time he touched the ball.

And just as quickly, as scouts started to shake their heads and jot down derogatory notes in their iPads, Rivers exploded. First it was a pair of 3-pointers toward the end of the first half. Later, in the second half, he hit a couple of beautiful floaters in the lane.

So is he a future NBA All-Star or overrated?

It's too early to tell. It was about this time last year that hoops fans began wringing their hands about UNC's Harrison Barnes, who went 0-for-12 from the field in the third game of his career against Minnesota. He followed it up with a 4-for-12 performance against Vandy. People screamed "overrated." Scouts dropped him on their Big Board. But by February, Barnes had found his groove and is, once again, considered one of the top-three prospects in the 2012 draft.

Rivers came in with similar hype -- in part because he's related to Celtics' head coach Doc Rivers. But neither the recruiting gurus like ESPN's Dave Telep nor NBA scouts who watched him in high school have had the same expectations about Rivers that they did with Barnes or freshman Anthony Davis. He's always been projected as a late lottery to mid-first round guy. A good player ... just not elite. The expectations he faces are more related to blood than scouting hype.

Coach K says he's encouraged by the adjustments that Rivers is making, but admits he still has a ways to go.

"He ended the half pretty well for us," Krzyzewski said after the game. "The main thing for Austin, as any freshman, is to learn to play defense and offense. He can be a great defender. When you're a freshman, you start evaluating what you're doing and sometimes you're a step slow to the next thing and that's because you care. You want to be good. You just have to get through it. We played a really tough schedule. This is our fifth game in about 10 days and he's learned a lot. He came through. He's not afraid. He's going to be a terrific player for us."

RaptorsandBuckeye FaN 11-27-2011 12:10 AM

Duke(Rivers) vs OHIO STATE on Tuesday! Can't wait. Big test.

Ligeia 11-29-2011 05:47 PM

The Problems With Austin Rivers - The Triangle Blog


Austin Rivers, ESPN's no. 3-rated recruit, came to Duke as one of the most hyped freshmen in the school's storied history. Given his immense profile and his pedigree, Rivers was expected to immediately contribute and fill the holes left by the departures of Nolan Smith and Kyrie Irving. And if you just look at his scoring line, you'd say that Rivers has adjusted nicely, averaging 13.3 points per game. But those numbers don't tell the whole story — the truth is, Rivers has struggled, especially when it comes to taking the ball to the rack.

Someguy again 11-29-2011 06:23 PM

he's going to heat up no doubt, it's just like harrison barnes last year. lots of pressure on the dude to perform and that's why he's been playing a little rushed

box92 11-29-2011 09:21 PM

he will get better as the season progresses

Dark Knight 11-29-2011 09:44 PM

Seems like a right handed Manu Ginobli... with more trash talking.

RaptorsandBuckeye FaN 11-29-2011 09:56 PM

6 points early on vs Ohio State.

Missed a easy lay in early on, sent to the bench, came back in, had a nice move to the left lay up left handed and 1, then just hit a 3.

RaptorsandBuckeye FaN 11-29-2011 10:15 PM

Impressive so far by Rivers. Just finds ways to get to the hoop. Scorer for sure. Makes it look easy.

box92 11-30-2011 03:26 AM


Ohio State Beats Duke 85-63 With Lights Out Shooting
Nov 30, 2011 12:05 AM EST

Ohio State shot nearly 60% from the floor and 57.1% from beyond the arc (8-for-14) to defeat Duke by a final score of 85-63.

The Buckeyes scored 1.29 points per possession while holding Duke to 0.93 points on the other end.

Jared Sullinger scored 21 points, while William Buford had 20. Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft chipped in 18 and 17 respectively.

Austin Rivers led Duke with 22 points on 8-for-18 shooting. Duke couldn't get going from distance, going just 3-for-15 (20.0%).
Via RealGM Staff Report

Read more: Ohio State Beats Duke 85 63 With Lights Out Shooting - RealGM Wiretap

RaptorsandBuckeye FaN 12-01-2011 01:05 AM

RaptorsandBuckeye FaN 02-08-2012 11:15 PM


Rivers BUZZER BEATER 3 to beat UNC @ UNC!! That is CLUTCH!!!!!! GW 3 over a 7 footer to win at the rival to win.

Rivers had 29points in the win also.

Thug 02-08-2012 11:35 PM

Draft him.

RaptorsandBuckeye FaN 02-08-2012 11:47 PM

Carlos Danger 02-09-2012 12:17 AM

jesus... is he coming out this year?

Northern Neighbour 02-09-2012 09:37 AM

I think his draft stock is rising after a slow start. He's played well the last few weeks, although he had one stinker a couple of weeks ago. He has good quickness, very good handles, and his a solid shooter. It wouldn't hurt him to stay an extra year, but he probably could sneak into the lottery if he comes out. Lots of teams are looking for SGs, and there aren't many in this year's draft.

LightsOut 02-09-2012 02:04 PM


Originally Posted by Batman (Post 612122)
jesus... is he coming out this year?

lol :011203bed_prv:

pzabby 02-10-2012 09:46 PM

hows his defence?

jeffb 02-10-2012 09:49 PM

Wow, this dude can handle the ball. And his shot is smooth, wouldn't mind him in a Raps uniform.

LX 02-13-2012 12:40 PM


Originally Posted by pzabby (Post 613104)
hows his defence?

From the little bit I've seen he moves pretty well laterally and stays very focused on that end which isn't too surprising considering who his father is and who he plays for. He's got pretty good size.

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