Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 at 11:57 am  |  40 responses

Video: Austin Rivers Goes OFF for 42 Points

After two games at City of Palms Austin Rivers has 70 points, including a 42-point performance last night against Dwyer. Rivers is well on his way to a third straight tournament MVP award, as Doc’s son surpassed Lance Stephenson as the Classic’s third all-time leading scorer with 305 points. Kenny Boynton, now a sophomore at Florida, is the leader with 406. Fourth-seeded Winter Park plays top seed Milton tonight at 7 p.m. in hopes of advancing to their second straight championship game. Milton is Georgia’s defending state champion and began the season as USA Today’s No. 1 team nationally.

(As always, many thanks to BallisLife for the fresh highlights.)

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  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The pull up is ridiculous. As is the pull back.

  • Donte

    smh……NBA ready game period they need to get rid of that rule this guy drops 40 on any giving day anytime i have seem him play, even when he was a freshman he couldnt be stoped IQ is of the charts he is also a really good passer

  • Riggs

    it would be funny if the celtics draft him.

  • http://Mrjones21901@aol.com Run’n'Gun219


  • http://twitter.com/smk73 SMK

    Ouch. Between the kid defending Rivers and Brett Favre, Monday was a bad night to be wearing #4.

  • Coney Islander

    @ Riggs,He’s a lottery pick, so unless the Celtics crash and burn for the next year or so thats unlikely. Maybe a trade? lol
    @ Run’n'Gun219 That age limit is a crime, period. It falls under age discrimination. If these kids are good enough at 18 to go jump on grenades and kill people in the military who is the NBA to deny them a living? If they’re not good enough after their rookie contract is up bid them farewell. Some will make it, some won’t, so is life. This argument holds no water, the two best players in the NBA are from Lower Marion HIGHSCHOOL and St Vincent/ St Mary HIGHSCHOOL. What would Kobe and LeBron have done in college except get hurt?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Arek

    Dude is ridiculous, he already has the city of palms mvp award wrapped up in a christmas gift basket

  • http://pointingnofingers.wordpress.com/ twinparadox

    somebody forgot to not press caps lock…

    come on? degrees to fall back on? One-and-dones do not get a degree. If a kid thinks he is ready, and he needs the money he should jump. I have no stats to back this up…but i’m guessing there are as much busts as one-and-dones as high school draftees. And just take a look at some of the greatest players of this era, James, Kobe, Dwight, KG?

    Short summary…I just don’t want Rivers to go to Duke. LOL

  • http://Mrjones21901@aol.com Run’n'Gun219

    Coney Island- Those are 2 out of a hundread high school ballers. For every Kobe, Lebron, Amare,KG there are the Kwame Browns, Jonathan Benders, Sabastian Telfairs, Eddie Currys, Desagana Diops. i could go on and on. and the whole army thing is over blown. even if they sign upo to go to the army, they still have to go to basic training and all type of other training before they go to war, they just dont sign up and go fight. and college is the training ball players need before going to the nba. for the training and body and mind development. HS is not nba or even college ball, the game is different.Its not the same. And when Kobe came right to the leauge, he was on the bench behind Eddie Jones- he worked on his game and then he became the kobe we see today. and lebron was given the league never seen anything like it

  • http://Mrjones21901@aol.com Run’n'Gun219

    hey twinparadox- blow me.. And i said if they dont make it to the league. If you are a one and done thats all good. But what if you are one of these kids banking on getting drafted then u dont. what are u gonna due then. You cant go paly in college. I dont see whts the differece between 1 year of getting better, and being drafted out of high school and sitting on the bench not even playing in the nba that first year.

  • PapaBearATL

    @Coney Islander: Lebron might have learned some post moves and maybe how to get past a zone defense? Kobe may have learned to become a team player earlier in his career? There are pro’s and con’s to each scenario, I doubt Doc’s kid is hurting for cash so a NCAA chip should be his next goal, give him a chance to put on some NBA size to go with his NBA game.

  • http://slamonline.com rudy

    rivers is a straight monster.

  • James

    Seen a bunch of his vids and the kid is sick but this is the first time i’ve ever seen him finish with his left hand

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    He like… has no left hand.
    At all.
    But, that is nit picking.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Damn, James^.
    You got me.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Complete as they come in HS. That left will come around next season at Duke.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    ^I believe you.
    He is the truth…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Actually, the number of successful pro players from high school far outnumbers the number of failures.
    By successful, I mean they continue to collect an NBA pay check, which after all is the point of players entering the draft. Sure, everybody wants to be a star, but only a few poeple make it. And I would wager that if you look at things historically, drafting a high schooler is far more likely to net you a superstar than drafting a four year player.
    Who wants to take that bet?

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/408237-bryant-vs-jordan-theres-still-no-debate-jordan-is-king nbk

    Allen if someone takes that bet, put as much money on it as you possibly can. Its not even close how much more successful HS to the Pros guys are over college guys. Even compared to he ones that stay in college just two years.

    My question is about Austin, can he run an offense without being the primary scorer?

  • Russ M


    You mention people like Telfair and Kwame Brown as if they’re some type of failures. These guys are MULTI-millionaires! They make more money per game then most people make a yr! In the game of life, these guys are big-time success stories.

  • OneStep

    On a technical note he needs to put some work into pointing his shooting elbow more towards the basket. He’ll have some rough nights shooting as a result of where it’s at right now. Look at Kobe’s technique at a similar age and it becomes even more obvious. Then again he’s got more to work with than say Josh Childress or Shawn Marion.

  • Cizzo

    Awesome Austin!!!!!!! and yall are right, he never goes left, but stop him if you can…..

  • WangChung

    This is what’s supposed to happen when coaches have kids.

  • drdunkenstein

    Can’t wait to see him wreck the ACC at Duke next year. Irving needs to stay next year too… feel sorry for the competition. Go Duke!

  • http://slamonline.com rudy

    I think one of the reasons guys straight out of hs collect checks is because somebody is always holding out hope that maybe they can be the Kobe or Lebron they were originally hyped up as. Where as guys outta college have that stigma of “what you see is what you get”, especially with college Juniors and Seniors.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/408237-bryant-vs-jordan-theres-still-no-debate-jordan-is-king nbk

    no its literally because guys out straight out of High School are generally much better prospects, and produce better numbers throughout their career then guys that went to college. For instance, from 2000-2010 you could say the best players over that 10 year span from the United States are, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson, Jason Kidd. Just a for example – 5 of those 7 came straight outta high school. And one of them could have been the number one pick 5 straight years (Tim Duncan) but promised his family he would graduate.

  • Michael

    this kid is good but does anyone else think his shot is a bit ugly?

  • http://sjkdflsf.com Jukai

    Allen: I would not want to take that bet because your definition of success is wack. By your definition, Kwame Brown was successful.
    Unless you meant the bet was that, ‘historically’ guys who came out of high school are more likely to be stars than four year guys… and then I’d like to take that bet. You can have Kobe, Lebron, Ganett, Malone, Amare….
    I’ll take Kareem, Chamberlain, Russell, Robertson, West, Walton, Bird, Barry, Stockton, McHale, Archibald, Ewing, Robinson, Miller, and Tim Duncan.


    Ugliest shot since Shawn Marion but other than that hes ight and they shud definetly get rid of the age limit rule.

  • T-Money

    Jukai: Would Kwame Brown be more successful if he had gone to UNC? Of course not. Actually, he would have lost money. And would still suck now.

  • http://gregoden.com roybot

    wouldnt be surprised if Doc had let him scrimmage with the Celtics before

  • ImaSOBER

    You should of just partnered up with hoopmixtape. ballislife doesn’t go out farther than the westcoast and misses a lot of good players

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olybb/news/story?id=5493184 ENDSwing

    Lets Not forget Winter Park High is in Orlando. Double O stand up…

  • CP9

    The Kid has an insane ability for pullups and a natural with crossovers.
    No doubt gonna be an elite PG

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    jukai, check again.
    allen defined successful as earning a check, and continuing to earn one.
    kwame brown is still in the league making money. so yea, he is successful

  • rayray

    He’s not NBA ready but he might be one day. Realisticly he’ll catch beat downs trying those moves in the NBA

  • jdsmallz

    kid is crazy.The age rule eitheir they have one or make go more than a year.hurts college programs recruit too good then they one year then out and its a waste of a scholarship.But i think it should be atleast 2 if your gonna have the rule to stop mistakes like telfair awsome in highschool jump to nba just not ready.college would of helped his game

  • KennyD

    He would not make those in the NBA thats for sure. But it does show he has talent and is ready to be worked on. And it would be funny if Doc left and the Celtics drafted him.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21


    Is that bet HS players vs. 4 year college players? Or HS players vs. just dudes that went to college? Also are we measuring superstars, or your definition of success? I’d be willing to wager that historically there have been more 4yr college players in the NBA continually collecting a check than there have been HS players.

    The HS vs. college debate is about as stupid as comparing players from different eras. Its 99% specualation and opinion.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21


    Is that bet HS players vs. 4 year college players? Or HS players vs. just dudes that went to college? Also are we measuring superstars, or your definition of success? I’d be willing to wager that historically there have been more 4yr college players in the NBA continually collecting a check than there have been HS players.

    The HS vs. college debate is about as stupid as comparing players from different eras. Its 99% speculation and opinion.