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Austin Rivers Would Love To Play For Celtics

Austin Rivers is intrigued by the prospect of playing for his father, Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

"If that was to happen, I would love to," Rivers said Friday." "I would love to play for any organization in the NBA. That's my dream. It would be great. It would be different. It would be an interesting aspect just to play for my dad."

Rivers said that if he were to be drafted by the Celtics, he'd want to be treated like any other player.

"If I'm messing up, I want him to be hard on me. If I'm doing good, I want him to pat me on the back. That's the way he coaches," Rivers said during the radio interview. "However he coaches(Rajon) Rondo or Kevin Garnett or Avery Bradleyor any other player on that team, I want him to coach me. I don't want anything handed to me. I never have my whole life. I would have to mature and accept that responsibility. That's one of the things you look forward to when you decide to go pro."

Via ESPNBoston.com

Muhammad Trims Arizona, UNLV Off List Of Suitors

Arizona and UNLV are out of the race to sign basketball star Shabazz Muhammad

"It's at three right now, yeah," Muhammad said. "UCLA, Kentucky and Duke. Right now, those are probably the last three before I make my decision."

Muhammad, Naismith National Player of the Year, said he liked UNLV and Kansas, but wanted to be honest with coaches who kept ringing his phone.

"I just think it was the calls," Muhammad said. "The schools that I took out, I liked them, but I wasn't really interested in going. I didn't want to lead them on. I want them to do the best they can to recruit other players and not recruit me anymore. I just thought that was the mature thing to do."

Muhammad was awarded MVP honors Wednesday in the McDonald's All-American Game, scoring 21 points to lead the West to a 106-102 victory.

"When you come to every event, you want to be known as the best player at the event," he said. "Knowing everybody's talented, this is the elite 24, top 24 guys in the country, and just coming in knowing everybody's competing, competing is a beautiful thing."

Via Las Vegas Review Journal

Oriakhi Granted Official Release From UConn; UNC, Missouri, Duke Show Interest

Alex Oriakhi received his official release from UConn, which means he can begin talking to prospective schools.

North Carolina, Missouri and Duke are among the teams that have reached out to Oriakhi, who averaged a career-low 21.5 minutes and 4.8 rebounds per game as a junior.

He will not consider Duke, according to a source.

Via Hearst Communications

Rivers Aims To Be Lottery Selection

Austin Rivers plans to be plans to be a lottery pick in the NBA draft.

"I have a really good chance of doing that,” said Rivers, who announced his intentions to leave Duke after one season Monday. “I just have to keep working."

Rivers is currently slotted as a late lottery to mid first round pick.

"I'm projected in a pretty good place right now, and I'm going to work hard and continue to get better," Rivers said. "People do great workouts and things change.

"At the end of the day, it's the general managers' and the scouts' opinion on you and what teams need, what they're looking for."

Via Orlando Sentinel

Muhammad Puts Three Schools At Top Of List

Shabazz Muhammad seems to have narrowed his college choices.

“I’m considering five but there are three that [stand out],” Muhammad announced.

UCLA, Duke, and Kentucky (in no order) have put themselves in the forefront, with Kansas and UNLV rounding out the top five.

Muhammad is expected to announce his decision on April 11 — the first day of the spring signing period which runs through May 16.

Via ESPN.com

Krzyzewski Visits Tony Parker, Amile Jefferson

Mike Krzyzewski spent part of last week visiting 2012 prospects Tony Parker and Amile Jefferson.

Parker, a 6-foot-8, 270 pound power forward, is considering UCLA, Kansas, Duke, Ohio State, Memphis and Georgia.

Jefferson, one of the top unsigned seniors, is reportedly considering Kentucky, N.C. State, Ohio State and Villanova.

The Blue Devils have only one committed prospect thus far, but Rasheed Sulaimon, a long-range shooter out of Houston, is a nice fit for their offensive system.

Via Chronicle

Rivers Declares For Draft, Will Hire Agent

Austin Rivers is leaving Duke after one season to enter the NBA draft, the school announced Monday.

"I would like to thank the coaches, my teammates and the fans for helping make this past year at Duke so special," Rivers said in a release provided by Duke. "Coach K and the rest of the staff really helped me develop and improve in all areas of the game.
"It was a difficult decision to leave Duke, but I am excited about chasing my dream of playing in the NBA."

Rivers averaged a team-high 15.5 points and was a unanimous pick for ACC freshman of the year.

"Austin (Rivers) had a terrific year as a freshman and has put himself in a position to pursue his dream of being a great player in the NBA," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in the release. "He is an outstanding young man with an even more impressive family. We are in total support of Austin, his family and the decision.

"We look forward to watching him continue to develop and excel at the next level."

Via News & Observer

Tony Parker Will Announce Decision April 11

Tony Parker will announce where he intends to go to college “on the 11th,” his father, Virgil, confirmed.

Parker, a 6-foot-8, 270 pound power forward, averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks a game this season for Lithonia Miller Grove High School as the team captured its fourth-straight state title.

He is seriously considering UCLA, Kansas, Duke, Ohio State, Memphis and Georgia.

Via ZagsBlog.com

Doc Rivers Confirms Austin Still Weighing Draft Options

Doc Rivers confirmed that his son Austin, who plays for Duke, has not decided whether to forgo his remaining collegiate eligibility and enter his name in the draft.

“I heard the report, but he hasn’t decided anything, yet,’’ Rivers said. “I mean, you know, he’s got to make a decision and he leans one way one day and the other. So that’s part of it.”

Rivers helped his son choose his college destination and is advising him now.

“At the end of the day all you can do with your kids, or any kid in that situation, is give as much input as you can and you try to let them make the decision,” Rivers said. “They have to make it, you can’t make it for them.’’

Via Boston Globe

Rivers Consulting With Family Regarding Draft

Austin Rivers has not decided whether he will declare for the NBA, according to his older brother.

“We haven’t talked about it yet,” said Jeremiah Rivers, who is with his brother just outside of Orlando, Fla. “He had a really good year, obviously. But as far as my brother coming out, he hasn’t even mentioned it.”

Jeremiah indicated he wasn’t sure when a decision will be made.

“My dad (Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers) is not here at the moment,” he said. “There’s not even no timetable or anything like that. We’ll just take it one day at a time right now.”

Via News & Observer

Duke Blue Devils Archives

Austin Rivers To Declare For Draft

Multiple NBA executives expect Austin Rivers to become a lottery pick.

Shabazz Muhammad To Announce Decision April 11

Shabazz Muhammad is the No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2012.

Mason Plumlee Evaluating Draft Options

Mason Plumlee is projected as a first round pick in this year’s draft.

Trey Zeigler Granted Release From Central Michigan, Set To Visit Duke

Trey Zeigler was a four-star recruit in the class of 2010.

Chris Collins Would Consider Coaching At Illinois

Duke assistant coach Chris Collins would be interested in the coaching vacancy at Illinois.

Rivers Wants Blue Devils To Play With Sense Of Urgency

Austin Rivers wants Duke to play with a no-tomorrow mentality.

Ryan Kelly Questionable For Duke's Tournament Opener

Ryan Kelly has not been cleared for basketball related activities.

Florida State Upsets North Carolina To Win 2012 ACC Tournament

The Seminoles defeated North Carolina and Duke by three points apiece on successive days.

Tyus Jones Considering Michigan State, Duke, Minnesota

Tyus Jones is a top-10 prospect in the class of 2014.

Ryan Kelly To Miss ACC Tournament

Duke forward Ryan Kelly will miss this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Krzyzewski Has Not Decided Whether To Coach In 2016 Olympics

Kyrie Irving said on Tuesday he received confirmation that his college coach, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, would return to coach Team USA in four more years.

Amile Jefferson Near Collegiate Decision

Amile Jefferson is closing in on making his college choice.

North Carolina Sends Three To All-ACC First Team

Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Harrison Barnes headline the All-ACC First Team and are joined by Duke's Austin Rivers and Virginia's Mike Scott.

Rivers Struggling Since Hitting Game Winner Over UNC

Austin Rivers is shooting 40.2 percent from the floor over his last seven games.

North Carolina Dominates Duke To Win 2012 ACC Regular Season Title

North Carolina has won its 29th regular season title.

Austin Rivers Scoring In Pick-And-Roll Offense

Austin Rivers is scoring off Duke’s pick-and-roll game.

Roy Williams Says UNC Must Defend Duke's Three-Point Attack

Austin Rivers hit six three pointers against North Carlina last month.

Rivers Recruiting Muhammad To Play At Duke

Austin Rivers has talked to Shabazz Muhammad about playing for the Blue Devils.

NCAA Investigating Shabazz Muhammad's Amateur Status

The NCAA is investigating Shabazz Muhammad’s connections to financial advisers Benjamin Lincoln and Ken Kavanagh.
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