Although it has already been around the rumor mill since last weekend, it has now become official: Austin Rivers is heading to the NBA. Rivers was a unanimous choice for ACC Rookie of the Year. Usually, I would disregard anything about Duke, but since it is the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, it is hard not to say something about.
Most people, including myself, thought that Rivers would last at least a few years at Duke, who are known for graduating most of their players, but not in this case. He will become the 4th Duke player to leave after only one year. Kyrie Irving did it last year. I also thought that Doc would push his son in the right direction. However, he had this to say:
“At the end of the day, all you can do with all of your kids, or any kid in this situation, is give them as much input as you can, then you try to let them make the decision. They have to make it; you can’t make it for them.”
Don’t get your hopes up, though, Celtics fans. Chances are, he won’t make it till our pick.