Austin Rivers – finally – drops Florida from list

By Adam Silverstein
September 16, 2010

Just over five months after decommitting from the Florida Gators, the team which he promised to play for as a freshman in high school, five-star 2011 guard Austin Rivers (Winter Park, FL) has completely dropped them from his recruitment list.

At the time of his decommitment, Rivers called attending Florida “still a very possible option for me,” noting that he made the decision in order to open his eyes to other choices. When Rivers made it clear a day later that he wanted to go to a “program where it’s the big stage,” explaining that he committed to the Gators “right after they won two national championships when they were prime time,” it became obvious his eyes had wandered elsewhere.

Especially considering, just six months earlier, Rivers was not even wavering in his commitment, at least according to his father and Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. “[Florida is] where he wants to go. He’s going to Florida,” Doc said at the time. “There’s no doubt about that. He’s committed there. He’s a Florida kid.’’

From the get go, word was that Rivers had fallen in love with the Duke Blue Devils. This became apparent a month after his decommitment, when he raved about Duke’s ability to develop players, calling the Blue Devils “the lead school for me right now.”

In a conversation with Scout.com on Wednesday, Rivers officially ruled Florida out. “I have my three schools: It’s Kansas, North Carolina and Duke,” he said. “I’m planning to visit all three of them. Some of them I’ll go alone and some I’ll go with my family. […] Basically those are the three schools that I really like. I like their style of play, their success and that they win and they get guys to the next level.”

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5 Comments

  1. tank says:

    Duke has a better track record than UF in developing pros? Recently?

  2. Bob says:

    Anyone else as weary of this story as I am? I know a lot of it has to do with the process, but c’mon. He was unwavering to UF, then wavering, UF was still on his list but not quite so much, blah, blah, blah.

    I really do wish Austin well. Doc Rivers is one of my favorite people in basketball. But this drama has GOT to end.

  3. npgator says:

    I think he dropped us a long time ago or at least as far as my expectations went.

  4. scooterp says:

    I can’t fault a guy for wanting to go to a university that is a notch above in academics, but clearly thats not why he is leaning Duke. If the above piece doesn’t spell out a ringing endorsement for “me, myself and I”, I don’t know what does. From the moment the ’04’s stepped on campus, 6 years ago, it was about “us” not “me”. Maybe, G’ville wasn’t the place for him after all.

  5. swampbabe says:

    We don’t need another kid who’s looking for the limelight. That’s not who our Championship teams were and I think he realzed this. He’s a bandwagon recruit, period. It’s a decision he might regret as Florida comes back to prominence I think during this kid’s tenure. Be funny, wouldn’t it?

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