Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 1:25 pm  |  48 responses

Report: Duke’s Austin Rivers To Enter NBA Draft

According to multiple reports, Duke freshman guard Austin Rivers will skip his final three years of college eligibility and enter the NBA Draft. CBS Sports‘ Jeff Goodman first reported Rivers’ decision this morning: “Austin Rivers is leaving Duke after just one season. The 6-foot-3 freshman will sign with an agent and forgo his remaining eligibly, multiple sources told CBSSports.com. Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, averaged 15.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists this past season in Durham. Rivers, according to multiple NBA executives, is expected to be a lottery pick in June’s NBA Draft. The Blue Devils could also lose junior forward Mason Plumlee early. Plumlee has yet to make a decision, but is expected to do so next week. Duke was upset in the round of 64 in the NCAA tournament last week to Lehigh. Rivers scored 19 points in the loss.”

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  • TheTwoTimer

    Why can’t he just go undrafted and sign with the Celtics? That will be a big help cause I think they will not re-sign Ray Allen.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    I thought he was 6’6 wtf & well guess my Bulls won’t get him :(

  • http://slamonline.com nbk


  • T-Money

    i don’t have high hopes for his nba career if he is dead set on trying to play like kobe as a 6’3 average athlete. to make an impact at the 2 at that size, you need to have monta ellis-like athleticism. would have liked for him to come back and play the 1 full time like steph curry did.

  • http://theillustrationboard.tumblr.com/ Stepfan

    Rivers is not ready but get your money.

  • ab40

    duh.. he was playing for a draft pick all year long.

  • Buujangles

    Poor decision, you’re father is a coach in the NBA and money isn’t an issue. I would have liked to see him return to duke to learn the pg position and just rip it up.

  • http://theillustrationboard.tumblr.com/ Stepfan

    Austin Rivers is not ready but I don’t blame him for entering the draft early. Get your money. Should be a top ten pick. Key word is should.

  • AD

    well he did sya he wants to destroy lebron so……

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    I would like him to come back but in reality everyone knew he was a one and done kind of player. The hype surrounding him going into college was OJ Mayo like. I personally think if they plug him at the 2 he’s in for a world of problems. I see him being a big PG but he struggles at times to make the right decision.

  • Otero

    Otero Be Da Bunk

  • Sxxmi

    Those saying he should have stayed – a year is a mighty long time! He doesn’t want to learn the 1, he wants to be in the NBA. Imagine doing something you don’t want to be doing for a whole year, while millions of dollars slip away from you.

  • BasketballJunkie

    Austin Rivers = Ben Gordon

  • Ayeeee

    well if jeremy lin wasn’t a point guard till he hit the pros why not austin and he’s a way better athlete imagine the possibilities in a couple years i see 22 ppg 4 rpg and 6 apg like by his third season

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He doesn’t need millions of dollars next year, he’s not a struggling college student. And he would probably make more money by waiting a year, because he would get drafted higher. My main reasons that he should wait a year is so he can physically mature a little more, become better at excelling against top flight competition, and because this years draft is f’n stacked.

  • Marc

    If he went to another school other then I would say he should stay but he doesn’t fit a duke type of guard. I hope shuts his critics up and has a good career in the league. He’s is only going to get better and learn. Just because he might have a bad rookie season doesn’t mean he won’t learn and get better.

  • Marc

    But to me i don’t want to read into it but it looks like his heart wasn’t into duke anyway. After losing early in an upset i’m pretty sure most would come back. He was just there because of the rules.

  • LP

    @NBK …This year’s draft is NOT STACKED… This year’s draft has the potential to have the most bust in NBA history…seriously… No #1 Top tier go-to guys available…nothing clear cut.

  • http://www.starting5.com.au NM30

    Silly boy 5 years in this league then it’s china or the Turkish league

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Austin Rivers is projected to go 18th in this draft. If he came out next year, he’d be a lottery pick. This years draft is stacked, when lookin at it from that perspective.

  • smoove

    hes nasty kinda like a monte ellis…but i thimk he should at least another year,we will see kyrie is doing just fine

  • Rainman

    Now, is this guy the type of player u’d pick right outside of the top 5? Cuz im hoping my Raptors get the 6th pick, and pick him up. I think its a good fit, Dwayne Casey will hodl him accountable (like had with bargs before he got injureD) and demand nothing but the best, and will teach him to make better decisions running the Point (like he has with Bayless).
    He’s a good fit to have on the perimiter around Bargs and the Center from lithuania, playing in the backcourt along side DeMar. So anyways, anyone know if he’s expected to go in the top 6-7 ?

  • bike

    It is a stacked draft but not so much at the SG or PG positions so he might very well wind up a lottery pick. His ball dominant play won’t cut it at the next level but he does have daddy to school him. All in all, he’s a poor fit for Duke anyway and one of the main reasons they had a so so season by Blue Devil standards.

  • jdubb

    The boy is known for his work ethic, confidence & resources. Those things, plus his skill set should give him a fine career. His stock will rise @ the compound before the draft. Regardless, he willbe spending the next few months working out with the Celts and utilizing his family’s resources. It’s a business decision. Also, given the Celtics season, he may know something about his dads future that we dont. Maximize your resources while you can…that’s why people go to college in tbe first place. Common Sense 101.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    He’ll be fine, but not an All Star imo.

  • MirChilly

    He could do well in the NBA simply for the fact that there isn’t too many 6’6, 6’7 sg left. Outside of Kobe and Joe, who will be gone in 5yrs, who else do you have? Nick Young? Demarr? The next best young SG is Eric Gordon and he is 6’3 as well but injury pone. I don’t see multiple all-stars but I do a see a good player who can give you 15-20 a night and he plays with a certain confidence that you will need night in night out. But then again he may be a bust in the mode of martell webster

  • Top$helf

    It’s crazy how going to college hurts your draft stock cause if he woulda been able to come out last year he woulda been top 6 staying a extra year could help him develop his game more but it could also let scouts find more holes in his game

  • Otero

    I Said Otero Be Da Bunk. Shut It Foo

  • ctk

    MarcusThorton 2.0 …Marcus better jumper Rivers better handle

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I think he’d be an All-Star if he waits a year.

  • @MirChilly What are you talking about? Hes 6’3…

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    why all you guys talking about money. you all know he is the son of doc rivers. His dad got millions so he doesnt have to hurry to get money. Another year in college is smart. I dont follow college ball and i dont know anything about it but i have read his duke team got kicked out of the first round against a crap team. Even more reason to develop his game in college. He can earn much more money if he is more devolped.

  • ClydeSays

    He could use another year learning some inkling of defense. And I’m a fan. He reminds me of Reddick another undersized SG who was lights out in college that will probably find the NBA has a STEEP learning curve….

  • LA Huey

    You don’t get good enough to get drafted into the NBA without having the mindset of wanting to compete among the best. I do agree that he could use some more seasoning at Duke but maybe he knows this year’s his best shot to go play for his old man in the NBA.

  • LP

    Ben Gordon/Jamal Crawford hybrid is the best comparison…That’s the ceiling, I think…

  • MirChilly

    @ … He is 6’3 which proves my point. If your saying he won’t be successful as a SG because of his height, I say look at the nba landscape and see who is 6’6. 6’7 playing SG right now? Really nobody that will be effective in 5yrs. Therefore his chances of having an successful career is higher. It isn’t like he is coming out in the 90′s with MJ, Reg, Starks, Mitch, Rider, Kobe, Ray or even the 00′s with a slightly older Kobe, Vince, Ray allen, Finley, Tmac club. He will be playing against eric gordon, nick young (doesn’t play big) demarr(same as nick) mayo and them. Look at who he will be playing not historical accounts of the position

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    I you have a good chance of being a lottery pick, staying an extra year has a lot more risk than reward. Moving up a few slots is always desired, but to have a bad season or blow out a knee etc. can reduce your draft value a lot more than you are likely to increase it. If I were Rivers I’d jump in the draft too. Guys like Sully and Barnes who decided to stay from last year are examples of guys who are likely moving down several spots. Besides PJ3 I really can’t think of anyone who could have delcared for the draft last year that’s draft value likely increased.

  • LP

    Bro, NBA SGs are 6’5,6’6, standard…6-5 is pushing it in the League…6’3 most likely wont cut it… He’ll have to play some PG, its rare for a 6’3 SG to excel in the league… or even make it… It might be 5 teams in the league that start sub-6’5 SGs…MAYBE!

  • tavoris

    I dunno about this guy. He doesn’t pass the “eye test” with me. He seems more like a rich man’s Jay Williams, or a poor man’s Nick Young.

  • toinefan88

    Duke is not a traditionally one and done school so Austin took this on as a challenge bc he was forced to play college for a year. This is a testament to his greatness. His skill-set is custom-built for the nba. He runs like a deer.

  • LP

    lol ….Duke fan much?

  • MirChilly

    Not a Duke fan at all! All I’m saying is the boy plays with a chip on his shoulder that jay will, jamal crawford and them never played with. He expects and carries himself like he is the best player, while he isn’t, that mindset will get him far. Alsoto list some SG under 6’4 who are currently successful, Monta Ellis and Dwade… Not saying he is on their level, but his mindset is and we know mindset carries you further than pure talent does

  • Captain Obvious

    He does not need the money, but I’m sure his LIFE LONG DREAM was to be in the NBA. Now that he has the opportunity to do it. DO IT! Good for u young man.

  • Jerome

    Funny, nobody mentioned education as a good reason to stay, which to me, is more important than going to the L early. He is destined for the NBA. Go to school son.

  • http://www.playtymemag.com PlayTyme_Mag

    @jerome Go To Oprah with that ish! If anyone’s dream was to play in the L… they’d bolt. What happpens if he blows his knee out next year and his career is done but he never got to live his dream of playing in 1 NBA game. No one in his right mind would come back in this day in age, Tomorrow isnt promised! Y.O.L.O.! Where’s Rick Ro$$ with the grunt when you need him?

  • thedude

    “should” be a top ten pick?????? based on what? hitting ONE big shot in the UNC game? by talent he is a late first at best or second rounder.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    Imagine if by some chance he went to the lakers

  • nbaNw8

    he not ready.