Austin Rivers Speaker Profile
Austin Rivers Biography
Austin Rivers was born August 1, 1992, in Santa Monica,California and is a college basketball player for Duke University. Rivers ledWinter Park High School to back-to-back Florida 6A state championships in 2010and 2011. He also played in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit for the USA NationalTeam, and in addition, Rivers also participated in the 2011 McDonald'sAll-American Game. Rivers was one of the top rated high school basketballplayers in the class of 2011, being rated as high as No. 1 by Rivals.com. OnSeptember 30, 2010, Rivers committed to Duke University. His father, DocRivers, coaches the Boston Celtics. His older brother, Jeremiah Rivers, playsfor KK Mega Vizura in Serbia.
Rivers committed to Duke University on September 30, 2010, over Kansas and UNC.His commitment was widely covered by ESPN and various other sports networksgiven his status as the Class of 2011's top recruit.
As a freshman, Rivers played in Duke's exhibition games inChina and Dubai during an international tour in August, 2011. In the first gameagainst the China men's national basketball team, Rivers scored 18 points on8-15 shooting and led Duke to an 77-64 victory. In the second game (alsoagainst the Chinese National Team), Rivers scored 12 points in a 78-66 victory,making several rim-shattering dunks during the first half. In the final gameplayed in Beijing, China, Rivers chipped in 11 points as Duke topped theChinese, 93-78. In his team's 86-66 victory over the Dubai National Team, hescored 16 points, including 10 in the second quarter, on an array of impressivedrives.
At Duke's annual Midnight Madness event, Countdown toCraziness, Rivers had 14 points and 5 rebounds in 24 minutes to lead the Whiteteam in the inter-squad scrimmage.
On February 8, 2012, his 3-point basket as time expiredallowed Duke to overcome an 82-72 deficit with 2 minutes to play in an 85-84victory over the University of North Carolina. The victory ended NorthCarolina's 31 game winning streak at the Dean Smith Center.
On March 26, 2012. Duke announced that Rivers is leaving theschool to enter the NBA draft.
Rivers wrote on Twitter:
I just want to thank all the fans that have supported methis year. it was so fun playing there and becoming apart of the duke family! I appreciate everybody, and the support yall have given me! Duke nation hastruly made me a better person and player! Duke #1
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