Austin Rivers

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Austin Rivers
20140101 Austin Rivers dribbling (2).JPG
Rivers in 2014
No. 25 – New Orleans Pelicans
Position Shooting guard / Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1992-08-01) August 1, 1992 (age 21)
Santa Monica, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Winter Park (Winter Park, Florida)
College Duke (2011–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
Pro playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–present New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Austin James Rivers (born August 1, 1992) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Rivers led Winter Park High School to back-to-back Florida 6A state championships in 2010 and 2011. He also played in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit for the USA National Team, and the 2011 McDonald's All-American Game. Rivers was one of the top rated high school basketball players in the class of 2011, being rated as high as No. 1 by Rivals.com. On September 30, 2010, Rivers committed to Duke University. His father, Doc Rivers, coaches the Los Angeles Clippers and is a former NBA player.

High school career[edit]

Rivers was ranked #1 by Rivals.com,[1] while being rated as the #3 player by ESPN[2] and Scout.com.[3] In 2010, Rivers led Winter Park High School to the school's first state title in a 76–57 win against Dr. Phillips High School in the 6A state championship. Rivers scored 23 points in the game.[4] In June 2010, Rivers was a part of the gold medal winning team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. He set a team USA record for an U18 event with 35 points against Canada.[5] On August 5, 2010, Rivers was named to the 5th annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 game,[6] where he was named co-MVP. He had 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.[7] On March 5, 2011, Rivers led Winter Park to back to back Florida 6A state championships with a 52–44 victory over Dr. Phillips High School, in which he had 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 steals.[8]

Rivers was named the 2011 Naismith Prep Player of the Year on March 10, 2011.[9] He was also an All-American and All-State guard. In addition, he played at the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit and on the USA national team.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Austin Rivers
SG
Winter Park, FL Winter Park 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sep 30, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97

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College career[edit]

Rivers with Duke in 2011

Rivers committed to Duke on September 30, 2010, over Kansas and North Carolina.[11] His commitment was widely covered by ESPN and various other sports networks given his status as the Class of 2011's top recruit.

As a freshman, Rivers played in Duke's exhibition games in China and Dubai during an international tour in August, 2011. In the first game against the China men's national basketball team, Rivers scored 18 points on 8–15 shooting and led Duke to an 77–64 victory. In the second game (also against the Chinese national team), Rivers scored 12 points in a 78–66 victory, making several dunks during the first half. In the final game played in Beijing, China, Rivers chipped in 11 points as Duke topped the Chinese, 93–78. [1]. In his team's 86–66 victory over the Dubai National Team, he scored 16 points, including 10 in the second quarter, on an array of impressive drives.

On February 8, 2012, his 3-point basket as time expired allowed Duke to overcome an 82–72 deficit with 2 minutes to play in an 85–84 victory over the University of North Carolina.[12] The victory ended North Carolina's 31 game winning streak at the Dean Smith Center.[13]

On March 16, 2012, Austin's college career ended in the "Round of 64" of the NCAA tournament, when Duke lost to Lehigh University. Rivers shot 5-14 from the field, while playing 34 minutes. Lehigh led for most of the game, earning their first NCAA Tournament victory.[14]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Duke 34 33 33.2 .433 .365 .658 3.4 2.1 1.0 0.0 15.5

NBA career[edit]

Rivers playing in the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League

On March 26, 2012, Duke announced that Rivers was foregoing his final three years of college and entering the NBA draft.

Rivers wrote on Twitter: "I just want to thank all the fans that have supported me this year. It was so fun playing there and becoming a part of the Duke family! … I appreciate everybody, and the support y’all have given me! Duke nation has truly made me a better person and player! Duke #1."

Rivers was selected by the New Orleans Hornets with the 10th overall pick the 2012 NBA draft. Rivers chose to wear the #25 jersey, the same number his dad wore when he was in the NBA. The night before Rivers said, "I want to be like my dad, only better." Joining him as a rookie on the Hornets was Anthony Davis, the first overall pick of the draft. On July 24, Rivers agreed on a three-year deal with the Hornets. Before the season, Rivers underwent successful surgery to clean up bone spurs in his right ankle.[15] In his NBA debut, Rivers started his first game, filling in for Eric Gordon, and ended with 7 points on 1-9 shooting.[16] On December 14, 2012, he scored a career high 27 points. On March 6, 2013, Rivers broke his hand that required surgery, and subsequently missed the remainder of the season.[17] For his rookie season, he averaged 6.2 points on 37% shooting from the field and 33% from the 3 point line.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 New Orleans 61 26 23.2 .372 .326 .546 1.8 2.1 0.4 0.1 6.2
2013–14 New Orleans 69 4 19.4 .405 .364 .636 1.9 2.3 0.7 0.1 7.7
Career 130 30 21.2 .390 .346 .601 1.8 2.2 0.5 0.1 7.0

Personal life[edit]

Rivers is the son of Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and Kristen Rivers (née Campion). They met in 1979 while freshmen at Marquette University.[18][19] His older brother, Jeremiah, played basketball for Georgetown and Indiana and later joined the Maine Red Claws, while his older sister Callie played volleyball for the University of Florida and then played professionally in Puerto Rico. His younger brother, Spencer, is a guard who currently plays for Winter Park High School.

Doc Rivers named Austin after former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Austin Carr.[20] "I spent a lot of time around the Cavs when I was young because my uncle, Jim Brewer, played here," Doc Rivers said. "I loved Jim and I still do, but Austin was my favorite player and the guy I tried to be like on the court."[21] Austin Rivers' middle name, James, is in honor of Brewer.[20]

Awards/Honors[edit]

  • 2010 Fiba America U18 champion
  • 2010 Fiba America U18 MVP
  • 2010 Boost Mobile Elite team selection
  • 2010 Boost Mobile Elite co-MVP
  • 2011 Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award
  • 2011 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award winner
  • 2011 McDonald's All-American team selection
  • 2011 Jordan Brand High School All-American team selection
  • 2011 Nike Hoop Summit
  • 2011 All-Freshmen Team selection

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking – Rivals150 for the class of 2011". Rivals.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 19 August 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "College Basketball Recruiting – ESPNU 100 – 2011". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Men's Basketball Recruiting". Scout.com. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Rivers Leads Winter Park to Title". TheLedger.com. March 6, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Austin Rivers impressed many with his performance at FIBA tourney". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. July 2, 2010. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Elite 24 Roster Revealed (First 12)". Slam Online. August 5, 2010. Archived from the original on 6 August 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Austin Rivers is named co-MVP at ESPN all-star event". OrlandoSentinel.com. August 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ Collings, Buddy (March 5, 2011). "Winter Park repeats as 6A champ with win over Dr. Phillips". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ Payne, Greg Go UNC!!! (March 11, 2011). "Austin Rivers earns national honor". ESPNBoston.com. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ Scout.com: Austin Rivers Profile. Scouthoops.scout.com. Retrieved on 2012-08-16.
  11. ^ "Austin Rivers commits to Duke over Kansas and UNC.". ESPN.com. September 30, 2010. 
  12. ^ ESPN (February 8, 2012). "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X1ewxVwhug". YouTube. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Talking with Austin Rivers of Duke University". Basketinside.com. March 1, 2012. 
  14. ^ Rapid Reaction: Lehigh 75, Duke 70
  15. ^ Austin Rivers Undergoes Successful Surgery
  16. ^ Notebook: Spurs 99, Hornets 95
  17. ^ Rivers has Successful Surgery
  18. ^ "Dad says Austin Rivers 'to slow it down and wait' on recruiting trail". USA Today. July 28, 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  19. ^ Williams, Lena (January 28, 1993). "Moving Is Just Part of the Game Plan". New York Times. 
  20. ^ a b Schmitt Boyer, Mary (1 April 2013). "Autsin Power: Rivers honors Carr". The Plain Dealer. 
  21. ^ Notebook: Cavaliers 95, Celtics 90

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