Friday, January 21st, 2011 at 2:40 pm  |  33 responses

Video: Austin Rivers vs Mike Gilchrist

Last Friday, Duke commit Austin Rivers and Winter Park (FL) HS faced off against Kentucky commit Michael Gilchrist and St. Patrick (NJ) HS. Rivers shined with 38 points, but Gilchrist (22 points and 7 boards) came away with the victory. Get familiar with these guys now, as the League may be calling in one or two years.

(H/T: BallisLife)

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  • Ben

    Gilchrist is better than Rivers but everybody on Rivers cause he hits 3s. wont do it in college like that.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Austin is a special talent man. Very few kids out of high school have that switch that they can just flick on and just start raining in baskets. He very nearly willed his squad to victory in that 4th quarter. But Michael Gilchrist is something else man. He’s not the individual offensive talent that Austin is, but he’s the consumate team player. Rebounds, blocks shots, runs the floor, makes the pass, everything you can possibly want in a basketball player. Both kids, bright futures ahead

  • PlanetAsia14

    That was a nice block Gilchrist had on Rivers… Scratch that, that was a nasty block.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    rivers is the better offensive player while gilchrist is obviously more athletic and a better defensive player.. it will be fun tho to watch them face off in college.. get used to seein them yal

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I still like Gilchrist as the top HS player but they’re both gonna be great in college and the L.

  • http://valleyofthesuns.com/2011/01/07/amare-stoudemire-same-player-advanced-stats/ nbk

    I hate Rivers shooting form. Absolutely hate it. Looks almost like the Georgetown Iverson jumper, with even more bowed elbows. But kid’s got game

  • http://ballislife.com Stephon

    Austin Rivers gets more highlights, and Mike Gilchrist gets the win. Everybody wins!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Very impressive St. Pat’s came all the way to Florida and won like this. Both Rivers and Gilchrist are real, tho.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @nbk if everyone had the exact same shooting form the sport would be tragically less fun to watch. Reggie, Larry, Dirk….just a couple of guys who didn’t learn to shoot by reading the textbook. But if you wanna watch JJ Reddick all day so be it bro

  • http://valleyofthesuns.com/2011/01/07/amare-stoudemire-same-player-advanced-stats/ nbk

    uhm what? just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean I think he or anyone else should switch.. I just think its ugly. When I work with people on their jumpshot I don’t try and switch their form in any major way, no matter how ugly it is. So idk, you go watch JJ Reddick if you think he has perfect form or whatever lol idk what made you get defensive about my comment

  • http://google c_cantrell

    guys its just a freakin shot form lol nothing to argue about damn

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    ^ True. Changing the mechanics of a shot can be a dangerous thing, especially if dude is as accurate as Rivers.

  • http://valleyofthesuns.com/2011/01/07/amare-stoudemire-same-player-advanced-stats/ nbk

    Yeah Ryne I actually had to explain this to the Lefty I have been working with lately. He wanted a shot similar to steph curry, had to explain that doesn’t just happen, its better to improve what you have already put work in developing. He has a sort of a Derek Fisher type release except its more forward then over the top. So i’m helping him rid himself of the extra movement before he gets to the actual release. other then that, everything for him will stay the same, as he is a knock-down shooter, just needed to speed it up so he can get it off, off of screens and off the dribble.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    naw @nbk, that just seems to be what every body says when I read the comments on youtube and whatever, my bad for goin off lol

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    and there is no such thing as a perfect form, what there is, is a textbook form meaning the crap they teach you about how to shoot the ball ‘most effectively’. The way I see it: line it up, follow through, and it doesn’t matter what else you do.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    if only everything were a set shot. The goal is consistency, to have the same form in every scenario. Off the dribble, off a pick, sprinting, jogging, walking, sleeping, whatever. And the more movement involved the less likely you are to have consistent form. But your right, there is only fundamentally perfect, and my definition of that is Wesley Person.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    I sadly have developed an awful habit of having two totally different releases: one when I’ve spotted up and another totally different one off the dribble. I’m trying to rid myself of it, but whenever a game gets tight, I start throwing up this ugly Pete-Maravich shot again and it obliterates my game.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Takes a lot of time

  • zoom

    I like Gilchrist better long term. Rivers is awesome but I see him as a better shooting Monta Ellis, minus some if the athleticism. Gilchrist seems to have more of an all-around game.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Yeah Gilchrist is my preferred pick, Rivers doesn’t seem to have a defined position in the NBA and that could hurt him in the long run. The Monta comparison seems the best at this stage, but Iverson possibly.

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  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    Wow, so Rivers is either Monta Ellis or Allen Iverson. How terrible.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Coney Islander

    Everytime I see Rivers it just looks like he got better. Shame he’s going to Duke.

  • Lucas

    For some reason I think Rivers will end up playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers…I feel bad for the dude.

  • EC

    rivers isnt iverson.. maybe ellis but not a.i.

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    Jukai, yes…it’s real terrible that he could make millions and millions of dollars doing something he loves while you sit there in your deadend life earning…ummm…dollars.

  • Reeses

    Umm Savior, I think Jukai was being sarcastic.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Well did either player win a championship? As a potential #1 pick, that should be the aim in selecting him. Rivers will be undersized at the 2 like A.I., and lacks the ridiculous athleticism of Dwyane Wade to compensate for it. Then when he’s older and his skills start to fade, he might face the end like A.I. Yes, there are far worse fates, but for such a high profile player and the organisation that drafts him, failure to win a ring would sting.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @omphalos stop it abruptly. You’ve obviously #1 never seen the kid play outside of YouTube and #2 obviously have zero understanding of his skills #3 aren’t in any position to judge talent….stop it, please

  • Cizzo

    38 of the 66 says enough! and he will put tremendous Number under Coach K. every player that leaves Duke leaves as a better shooter. bank on that!

  • http://sjdfklfsl.com Jukai

    omphalos: No, neither won a championship, but AI did take an entire team to the NBA Finals on his back, make hundreds of millions of dollars, have a million adoring fans and is widely accepted as a top-5/top-10 SG of all-time.
    If I was Rivers, I’d rather hope to be that than a bit player on a championship team. Seems we have different ideas of what is successful.

  • http://dude.com Chukaz

    i don’t really like austin rivers. he’s nice but he won’t be a star. He’s too short to be a sg in the league but he’s got a scorer’s mentality so you know he won’t be a pg. His shot is ugly as hell too. I think he could become a poor man’s ray allen or a wealthy man’s jj redick or a clone of oj mayo

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