Overall Rank: #2
Position (Rank): Shooting Guard (#1)
High School: Winter Park (Florida)
Evaluation: Enough cannot be said about this guy when he’s on offense. He has killer range out to the NBA three-point line and simply cannot be stopped when he’s at his best. He gets to the bucket easily and his mid-range game is developed well beyond his years. He isn’t the most athletic person in the class but his footwork, ball-handling skills and intelligence allows him to score when he wants and create his own shot. Rivers’ vision and passing also gives him the ability to be a threat as a distributor when opponents double team him. Rivers’ confidence is another attractive quality in him which is why he is so deadly, especially in clutch situations. One of the few things Rivers needs to improve upon is his shot selection since he takes too many contested threes when teammates are open but I fully expect that to be corrected when he steps on campus at Durham next year. He could also improve his defense by getting better at keeping his opponent in front of him but overall Rivers is a solid defender.
Notes: Committed to Florida after his freshman year in July, 2008; De-committed in April, 2010; Committed to Duke in September, 2010; father is Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers; brother Jeremiah played at the University of Indiana and Georgetown
Awards: 2011 Naismith Player of the Year, 2011 Wootten Player of the Year, 2011 Florida Gatorade Player of the Year, 2011 McDonald’s All-American, 2011 Jordan Brand Classic participant, 2011 Nike Hoop Summit participant
Stats: Senior year– 28.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.2 apg and 2.0 steals
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