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Posted March 03, 2011 - 07:36 PM

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Austin Rivers, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Winter Park (Fla.), is rated the No. 1 overall basketball prospect in the nation by several recruiting services. He has already signed a letter of intent with Duke, and he’ll be playing in Florida’s high school final four Friday—attempting to pick up his third career state championship ring by the end of this weekend. This week, he talked to Sporting News’ Brian McLaughlin about what it’s like to be Boston Celtics’ head coach Doc Rivers’ son, what he’s looking forward to at Duke and several other issues on his mind.

Q: I bet you wouldn’t mind playing with Kyrie Irving next year, would you? What do you know about his future plans at Duke?

A: He has a lot on his mind. I think he’s probably 50/50 right now about leaving, but if he does go, he’ll go high (in the draft). I sure would love to play with him. If Kyrie does leave, I’ll probably play a little bit at both (guard positions) when I get there. Quinn (Cook) will mostly play the point, and sometimes I might be kind of an aggressive point (guard).

Q: How do you compare to your brother, Jeremiah, who is a starter at Indiana this year?

A: He always told me that I was a better player than he was, but he’s the best defender I’ve ever played against, and he’s been doing that at Indiana. I think that’s why I got so good on offense—because I spent my whole life going against him at home.

Q: You’re rated one of the best players in the nation—but you routinely rub elbows with the best players in the world. Which players are you most in awe of?

A: Well, I’ve met Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen—you name it. A lot of people ask me who I’ve met through my dad, and they’re in awe when they hear the names of the players, but I’ve never looked at it like that. It’s cool meeting all of them, but I really want to be in their situation one day. I don’t want to just meet LeBron, I want to destroy him on the court one day.

Q: Most of us haven’t met Michael Jordan. Your impression?

A: Michael Jordan has a strong personality. He still thinks he’s the best player that ever played. He wouldn’t ever tell you that, but you can just tell that’s what he thinks, even now. That’s how I want to be, I want to have that kind of confidence. Jordan might go 1-for-20 one night and then go out the next night and score 50 points. Basketball has a lot of ups and downs, so you have to be confident to be successful.

Q: Being a big-name coach’s son and a big recruit, how much did you get heckled in high school?

A: I was probably hated before I ever even stepped on the court. People probably thought I was a spoiled kid. That always motivated me. People yell things at you from the stands. I think when I was a freshman, it probably got to me a little bit sometimes, but now I use it as motivation. The funny thing is, a lot of those same guys who yell things at you from the stands come down after the game and shake your hand and want to get their picture taken with you. They’re just fans. They love the game and they’re just doing their job.

Q: Are you ready for that kind of heckling in college?

A: I don’t think I’ll be able to hear specific fans in college as much as I did in high school. It’ll be louder, but I probably won’t be able to pick out exactly what people are saying or where they’re sitting and all of that, so it might even be easier to zone it out.

Q: Are college fans already going at you on the social networking sites? That seems to be a theme these days.

A: You have so many lovers and so many haters on Twitter. Some of the stuff, you can’t say. My brother warned me about all of this. He always told me that I was going to catch it. In ninth grade it was bad, then my sophomore year it got worse. Now, it’s really bad.

Q: Let’s face it—a year from now you’re going to be neck-deep in ACC basketball craziness. What’s that like to think about?

A: Probably the biggest reason I chose Duke was because of the big stage they play on. It seems like every game is on ESPN. It doesn’t matter who they’re playing, it’s going to be on. If somebody beats Duke, they storm the court. I want to play for a team in that kind of situation.

Q: Is there added pressure on you to succeed because you chose Duke?

A: I don’t get nervous about playing there. I mean, I get nervous because I’m excited but I’m not nervous about playing in front of everybody. I just can’t wait to play in something bigger, a program with fans worldwide. They have fans everywhere. That just shows you how big it is. You’re not just representing Duke, you’re representing their fans everywhere.”


Edited by LALakersFan4Life, March 03, 2011 - 07:48 PM.

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Posted March 03, 2011 - 07:44 PM

He's pretty good seen one of his games last year on tv and I like his attitude to bad his fathers a Celtic.

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Posted March 03, 2011 - 08:13 PM

This dude is crazy for his age. He's already rich and basically famous so everything he does with his life from this point on is completely his choice (given that Doc isn't forcing him). From where I see it, I think he'll do just about what Nolan Smith is doing for Duke this year.

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Posted March 03, 2011 - 08:16 PM

He sounds a bit cocky. Players like him won't go far

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Posted March 03, 2011 - 08:34 PM

He sounds a bit cocky. Players like him won't go far

I'm sure Jordan and Kobe went pretty far, and don't tell me they weren't cocky.
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Posted March 03, 2011 - 08:37 PM

Cockiness isn't a bad thing as long as you can back it up, and he certainly has at the high school level. He's pretty talented from the 2-3 games that I've watched; he's an excellent scorer with range and he is pretty quick. We've been plenty of good high school players fail at the next level so we'll just wait and out and see exactly how good he gets. Duke is a pretty deep team so he might need to sit a couple seasons.

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Posted March 03, 2011 - 09:12 PM

He's really talented, can't wait to watch him in college.

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Posted March 03, 2011 - 10:36 PM

Thats Doc Rivers son?
Who is the mother?

Miss Sweden?
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Posted March 03, 2011 - 11:06 PM

[expletive] that Dookie. Should have went UNC, punk! lol nah I'm just playing wish him well except against my Heels...


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Posted May 19, 2011 - 08:29 PM

He's a Dookie so dats a definite strike against him. But I really didn't care for the Kobe impersonation he did at the JBC, throwing up his hand and looking at the refs for phantom calls.....in a All-Star game.

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 08:38 AM

He's pretty good seen one of his games last year on tv and I like his attitude to bad his fathers a Celtic.

He was actually a Hawk before he was a Celtic :glasses:

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 08:44 AM

is his mom white or something?

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 06:15 PM

is his mom white or something?


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Posted May 31, 2011 - 05:34 PM


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Posted June 04, 2011 - 12:16 AM

It's weird....Austin looks like Callie Rivers who looks exactly like Doc...but Austin and Doc don't look anything alike.

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