In an interview with the Sporting News’ Brian McLaughlin, Duke recruit Austin Rivers was asked what it’s like to rub elbows with the best players in the world. Rivers’ response:

“Well, I’ve met Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen—you name it. A lot of people ask me who I’ve met through my dad, and they’re in awe when they hear the names of the players, but I’ve never looked at it like that. It’s cool meeting all of them, but I really want to be in their situation one day. I don’t want to just meet LeBron, I want to destroy him on the court one day.”

Rivers was gave his impression of Jordan.

“Michael Jordan has a strong personality, “ Rivers said. “He still thinks he’s the best player that ever played. He wouldn’t ever tell you that, but you can just tell that’s what he thinks, even now. That’s how I want to be, I want to have that kind of confidence. Jordan might go 1-for-20 one night and then go out the next night and score 50 points. Basketball has a lot of ups and downs, so you have to be confident to be successful.”